The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to explore the significance of the Anzac experience and what it has meant for Australia.  Eight winners are chosen from each State and Territory with the opportunity to visit overseas battlefields and participate in Anzac Day commemorations.  For more information go to The Prize page.

2020 Simpson Prize Competition


“Allied victory brought an end to war, suffering, and challenges for Australia and its people.”
To what extent do experiences of 1919 support this view?


The Simpson Prize requires you to respond to the quote and question above using both the Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection (which can be found at https://www.awm.gov.au/Simpson2020 ) and your own research.

You are encouraged to agree, debate with or challenge the statement from a variety of perspectives – individual, national and global – and to use sources in a variety of forms.

You are expected to make effective use of a minimum of three of the sources provided (see link above).

Up to half of your response should also make use of information drawn from your own knowledge and research.

Closing date

Submit your entry by Friday 8 November 2019

Please see the How to Enter section for more details regarding student and teacher entry requirements.

Note: Winners will travel in 2020.

The competition is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and run by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia.

The Simpson Prize Advisory Committee and the History Teachers Association of Australia congratulates the finalists in the Simpson Prize Competition 2019.  

We have pleasure in announcing the Winners and Runners-up below

Individual student photographs can be found on the Results page

2019 Winners

(Winners essays can be accessed by clicking on the student name and school)

2019 Runners-up

  • Australian Capital Territory  Caitlyn Crick, Merici College
  • New South Wales  Nathan Spencer, Shore School
  • Northern Territory Silvana Goldbach-Eggert, Katherine High School
  • Queensland Amelia Nikles-Ralph, Kenmore State High School
  • South Australia Anastasia Martini, Temple Christian College
  • Tasmania Neve Clippingdale, St Patrick’s College
  • Victoria Holly Williams, Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School
  • Western Australia Catherine Pile, St Mary’s Anglican Girls School

2019 Teachers chaperones

  • New South Wales Mark Johnstone, Crestwood High School
  • Queensland Kimberly Vanzetta, Urangan State High School School

Congratulations to both of the 2019 Teacher Chaperones on being chosen for this fantastic experience.

We would also like to thank the following teachers who accompanied the 16 students during the 2019 Canberra program: Charleen Conroy, Suzanne Pattinson, Kate McCulloch, Ian Murray, Carmel Harman, Francisca Castro, Paul Foley, Catherine Baron and Liz McGinnis. Your support of the Simpson Prize Competition is appreciated

Simpson Prize Competition awards at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra on Monday 18 March 2019. PHOTOGRAPHY: MARK GRAHAM