Incredible young Australians delve into history

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Thursday 3 December 2015

News

An elite group of the nation’s finest young minds were honoured at the National History Challenge (NHC) awards presentation ceremony held at the Mural Hall at Parliament House on 1 December 2015.

Winners were recognised and acknowledged from a variety of unique categories, as well for different school years from primary through to senior secondary. The illustrious National Young Historian award was taken out by Canberran Ineka Voigt for her in-depth research on artist Nora Heyson.  Ineka also won the ACT Young Historian award in 2014.

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, was on hand to present a number of awards and he spoke passionately of the high standard of entries received.

“This year’s winning entries explored the theme ‘Leadership and Legacy’ in a wide variety of historical contexts in both Australia and overseas,” Minister Hartsukyer said.

“Entries covered a spectrum from the discipline of family history, the Eureka Stockade, World War II (Kokoda Trail), modern Singapore, the contribution of Indigenous leaders such as Lowitja O’Donoghue and Charles Perkins, political leaders including Robert Menzies and Herbert Vere Evatt.”

First set up in 1995 through the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the History Teachers’ Association of Australia (HTAA), the National History Challenge is an annual contest that encourages students in both primary and secondary schools to utilise research and inquiry-based learning to discover more about the past. The Challenge provides an excellent opportunity for students to experience the role of historians and what it involves. 

History research is now more comprehensive than ever before due to the raft of technological advancements available to students, giving them an excellent opportunity to explore Australia’s past.

See the full winner’s list below.

Category Name Title School
National Young Historian

Ineka Voigt

The Palette of Nora Heysen

Canberra High School

Year Level 11 -12

Sacha Pulsford

Lowitja O'Donoghue

Shenton College

Year Level 10

Ineka Voigt

The Palette of Nora Heysen

Canberra High School

Year Level 9

Anna Foley

The leaders may have changed but the legacy of Magna Carta has continued

Loreto College

Year Level 8

Cindy Purvis

Fidel Castro

SCEGGS

Year Level 7

Madison Lalor

Peter Lalor

Mentone Girls Secondary College

Year Level 7

Eric Lee

Dr Herbert Evatt

North Sydney Boys High School

Year Level P-6

Sachi Debski

Leadership and legacy during WWII and the Holocaust

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Asia and Australia

Hannah Clapperton, Angelo Ho, Emily Tang and Racheline Tantular

The Father of Modern Singapore and its relation to Australia

Perth Modern School

Australian Democracy

Lauren Park

Gough Whitlam

Pymble Ladies' College

Women's History

Sacha Pulsford

Lowitja O'Donoghue

Shenton College

Menzies

Angus Murray

Sir Robert Menzies

Albany Creek State High School

Magna Carta

Anna Foley

Magna Carta

Loreto College

Australian Wartime Experiences

Angus Christie and JackCarr

Kokoda; How it lives on in us

The Hutchins School

Using Archival Records

Phoebe Blaxill

Flynn of the Inland

St Mary's Anglican Girls' School

HTAA PRIZE

Freya Cox

Eddie Mabo to Adam Goodes

The Friends' School

Museum Exhibit

William Zeeman

William Zeeman A Man of His Community

Princes Street Primary School

ACT Young Historian

Ineka Voight

The Palette of Nora Heysen

Canberra High School

VIC Young Historian

Madison Lalor

Peter Lalor

Mentone Girls Secondary College

TAS Young Historian

Angus Christie and JackCarr

Kokoda; How it lives on in us

The Hutchins School

SA Young Historian

Caitlin Prentice

Charles Perkins

St Ignatius

WA Young Historian

Sacha Pulsford

Lowitja O'Donoghue

Shenton College

NSW Young Historian

Eric Lee

Dr Herbert Evatt

North Sydney Boys High School

QLD Young Historian

Jasmin Evans

Gandhi and Hussein

Isis District State High School

For further information on the National History Challenge, go to www.historychallenge.org.au.