Past Results

2016 Simpson Prize Results

The 2016 Winners, Runners-Up and Teacher Chaperones received their awards at a Presentation Ceremony at Parliament House on 17 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 the 16 students during their Canberra visit for the 2016 Prize: Suzanne Pattinson, Ian Murray, Annika Evans, Carmel Harman and Liz McGinnis.

2016 Winners

State Student School
Australian Capital Territory  Annie Liao
Radford College
New South Wales  Lauren Park
Pymble Ladies’ College
Northern Territory  Morgan Gurry
Darwin Middle School
Queensland  Hilary Briggs
Stuartholme School
South Australia Hibra Shujaat
Mitcham Girls High School
Tasmania Sarah Pilgrim
Rose Bay High School
Victoria Felix Cousins Camberwell High School
Western Australia Samai King
Cue Primary and Gifted and Talented Online

2016 Runners-up

State Student School
Australian Capital Territory  Angus Dale
Marist College Canberra
New South Wales  Juliette Marchant
Loreto Kirribilli
Northern Territory  Bryn Pickering
Katherine High School
Queensland  Megghann Thomas
Mt St Michael’s College
South Australia Samuel Doering Faith Lutheren College
Tasmania  Sophia Bellears
Rose Bay High School
Victoria  Claire Corbel Flinders Christian Community College
Western Australia  Ella Girdler St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls

2016 Teacher Chaperones

Charleen Conroy, Katherine High School, Northern Territory

Cendall Cowan, Lock Area School, South Australia

2015 Simpson Prize Results

The 2015 winners and runners-up were presented with their prizes at Parliament House Canberra on 16 March 2015.

“Students were encouraged to identify and explore the motivation for young men and women to volunteer for service in 1914. Students then scrutinized a variety of sources to uncover historical evidence which supported the proposition of individuals who rallied to the defense of the British Empire or in some cases more personal and economic reasons. Others as we know, simply and naively thought this would be an adventure. These students are to be praised for their ability to reach insightful conclusions illustrated by carefully chosen evidence and sophisticated use of the Simpson Prize 2015 AWM Sources.”

- Mr Paul Foley, Simpson Prize Chair

Please click the links below to view the winning essays.

Winning Entries 2015

State Student School
Australian Capital Territory  Maximilian Claessens Marist College Canberra
New South Wales  Winnie Lee Pymble Ladies’ College
Northern Territory  Lucy Frost Palmerston Senior College
Queensland  Xavier Rui St Joseph’s College
South Australia  Daniel Ngyuen Blackfriars Priory School
Tasmania  Adam Dimsey Clarence High School
Victoria  Serra Mohamed Sirius College
Western Australia  Bianca Sumich Holy Cross College

Runner-Up Students 2015

State Student School
Australian Capital Territory Oliver Housego Marist College Canberra
New South Wales Catherine Ku North Sydney Girls’ High School
Northern Territory Gabrielle Schiller Darwin Middle School
Queensland Marina Bishop Stuartholme School
South Australia Hibra Shujaat Mitcham Girls’ High School
Tasmania Freya Cox The Friends’ School
Victoria Madelyn Rothe Loreto College
Western Australia Ellecha Thorp Cape Naturalise College

Winning Teachers 2015

State Teacher School
Tasmania Suzanne Pattinson Rose Bay High School
Victoria Ashley Wood St Leonard’s College