The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to focus on the significance of Anzac Day and to consider what Anzac Day means to them and to Australia.

2017 Simpson Prize Question

“The experience of Australian soldiers on the Western Front in 1916 has been largely overlooked in accounts of World War One.”

To what extent would you argue that battles such as Fromelles and Pozières should feature more prominently in accounts of World War One?


The Simpson Prize requires students to respond to the question using both the Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection (please click the link) and their own research. It is expected that students will make effective use of a minimum of 3 of the sources. It is also expected that up to half of their response will make use of information drawn from their own knowledge and research.

Send to your State or Territory Coordinator by the closing date, 11 November 2016.

More information about word or time limits, entry forms and judging can be found on the Forms and Brochures Page

Note: Students who submit winning entries for this year’s Simpson Prize question will travel in 2017.

Word and Time Limits for Entries

Essay word limit:1200-1500 words, not including supplementary information such as a contents page, references, bibliography and appendices.

Audio Visual Presentation word and time limit: No more than 10 minutes accompanied by a written explanation of up to 400 words.

Send to your State or Territory Coordinator by the closing date, 11 November 2016.

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

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


2016 Results

Congratulations to the following Winners and Runners-Up of the 2016 Simpson Prize:


Annie Liao, Radford College, Australian Capital Territory

Lauren Park, Pymble Ladies’ College, New South Wales

Morgan Gurry, Darwin Middle School, Northern Territory

Hilary Briggs, Stuartholme School, Queensland

Hibra Shujaat, Mitcham Girls High School, South Australia

Sarah Pilgrim, Rose Bay High School, Tasmania

Felix Cousins, Camberwell High School, Victoria

Samai King, Cue Primary School and Gifted and Talented Online, Western Australia


Angus Dale, Marist College Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Juliette Marchant, Loreto Kirribilli, New South Wales

Bryn Pickering, Katherine High School, Northern Territory

Megghann Thomas, Mt St Michael’s College, Queensland

Samuel Doering, Faith Lutheran College, South Australia

Sophia Bellears, Rose Bay High School, Tasmania

Claire Corbel, Flinders Christian Community College, Victoria

Ella Girdler, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, Western Australia

Teacher Chaperones

Charleen Conroy, Katherine High School, Northern Territory

Cendall Cowan, Lock Area School, South Australia

All Winners and Runners-Up received their awards at a Presentation Ceremony at Parliament House on 15 March 2016. The Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, presented the students with their awards, saying, “The Simpson Prize is a prestigious national history competition and whether a winner or a runner up, all the students who have participated should be very proud of their achievements.”

Mr Paul Foley, Simpson Prize Chair, said at the Presentation Ceremony: “The 2016 students are to be praised for their ability to reach insightful conclusions illustrated by carefully chosen evidence and sophisticated use of the Simpson Prize 2016 AWM Sources. These essays reflect a genuine connection to the commemorative experience and the tragedy of armed conflict for all regardless of gender, nationality, friend or foe. The final response by these students is a product of discipline, diligence and a passion for understanding our nation’s past and the role played by so many young Australians in the service of their country. The sacrifice made on a distant peninsula 101 years ago, where at the water’s edge Pte John Simpson Kirkpatrick lies peacefully, like so many of his generation, remembered not forgotten.

We would like to thank the following teachers who accompanied all 16 students during the Canberra visit for the Presentation Ceremony in March 2016: Suzanne Pattinson, Ian Murray, Annika Evans, Carmel Harman and Liz McGinnis.

2016 Travel Blog

To read the travel blog for the 2016 Simpson Prize overseas tour, click here.

Past Winners

For past Winners and Runners-up, please visit our results page. You can view a video of the 2015 Simpson Prize Awards here; 2015 Simpson Prize Awards video