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.
Winners of the Simpson Prize travel to overseas battlefields the year after they submit their entry. Thus, winners of the 2017 Prize travel in 2017, winners of the 2018 Prize travel in 2018, and so on.
If you wish to enter the 2018 Simpson Prize, please respond to the question below.
Some historians have described 1917 as “the worst year of the Great War” for Australia and Australians. To what extent is this an accurate statement?
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/education/simpson-prize/) 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.
Submit your entry by Friday 10 November 2017.
Please see the How to Enter section for more details regarding student and teacher entry requirements.
Note: The Winners of this year’s Simpson Prize will travel in 2018.
The competition is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and run by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia.
We have pleasure in announcing the Winners and Runners-up of the 2017 Simpson Prize below.
Elizabeth Spollard, Burgmann Anglican School, Australian Capital Territory
Lucinda Hogan, Loreto Kirribilli, New South Wales
Finlay Dale, Palmerston Senior College, Northern Territory
Riley Smithers, Pimlico State High School, Queensland
Charlotte Matthias, Loreto College, South Australia
Sasha Massey, St Patrick’s College, Tasmania
Katia Testarotta, Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Victoria
Jae Brieffies, Willetton Senior High School, Western Australia
Congratulations to all of the 2017 Winners.
Samuel Melhuish, Marist College Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Kefah Ferache, Asquith Boys High School, New South Wales
Lachlan Anderson, Darwin Middle School, Northern Territory
Rachel Leeson, St Monica’s College, Queensland
Hillary Thursby, St Mary’s College, South Australia
Madeleine Pearn, St Patrick’s College, Tasmania
Sabrina Tse, Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Victoria
Char Min Ng, Willetton Senior High School, Western Australia
Congratulations to all of the 2017 Runners Up.
2017 Teacher Chaperones
Owen Laffins, Northwest Christian College, New South Wales
Emilie Reynolds, Holy Cross College, Western Australia
Congratulations to both of the 2017 Teacher Chaperones.