Canberra student Young Historian of the Year

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  • Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
  • Deputy Leader of the House

Canberra High School student Ineka Voigt has today been recognised as the 2015 Australian Young Historian of the Year for her project on Australian artist Nora Heysen.

Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Luke Hartsuyker presented Ineka with $1000 and a plaque for the honour, while announcing the 24 category winners of the annual National History Challenge at Parliament House.

“The Government is helping to bring history to life for primary and secondary students with $365,000 over three years to support the challenge that is run by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

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

“What is so valuable and relevant about the challenge is that students do their own historical research and present their conclusions in a variety of formats including essays, DVDs and museum displays.

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

“This rich diversity shows that history is well and truly alive in our classrooms,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Mr Hartsuyker said the Department of Education and Training has been the main sponsor of the National History Challenge since 1998.

“The theme for the 2016 National History Challenge is ‘Triumph or Tragedy?’ and I look forward to some exceptional entries,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Winners are at attached table and more information:  http://historychallenge.org.au/

 

Category Name Title School
National Young Historian Ineka Voigt The Palette of Nora Heysen Canberra High School, ACT
Year Level 11-12 Sacha Pulsford Lowitja O'Donoghue Shenton College, WA
Year Level 9 Anna Foley The leaders may have changed but the legacy of the Magna Carta has continued Loreto College, SA
Year Level 8 Cindy Purvis Fidel Castro SCEGGS, NSW
Year Level 7 Madison Lalor Peter Lalor Mentone Girls Secondary College, Vic
Year Level 7 Eric lee Dr Herbert Evatt North Sydney Boys High School, NSW
Year Level P-6 Sachi Debski Leadership and legacy during WWII and the Holocaust St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Vic
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, WA
Austrralian Democracy Lauren Park Gough Whitlam Pymble Ladies College, NSW
Women's History Sacha Pulsford Lowitja O'Donoghue Shenton College, WA
Menzies Angus Murray Sir Robert Menzies Albany Creek State High School, QLD
Magna Carta Anna Foley Magna Carta Loreto College, SA
Australian Wartime Experiences Angus Christie and Jack Carr Kokoda; How it lives on in us The Hutchins School, Tas
Using Archival Records Phoebe Blaxill Flynn of the Inalnd St Mary's Anglican Girls School, WA
HTAA Prize Freya Cox Eddie Mabo to Adam Goodes The Friends School, Tas
Museum Exhibit William Zeeman William Zeeman, A Man of His Community Princes Street Primary School, Tas
ACT Young Historian Ineka Voigt The Palette of Nora Heysen Canberra High School, ACT
Vic Young Historian Madison Lalor Peter Lalor Mentone Girls Secondary College, Vic
TAS Young Historian Angus Christie and Jack Carr Kokoda; How it lives on in us The Hutchins School, Tas
SA Young Historian Caitlin Prentice Charles Perkins St Ignatius College, SA
WA Young Historian Sacha Pulsford Lowitja O'Donoghue Shenton College, WA
NSW Young Historian Eric Lee Dr Herbert Evatt North Sydney Boys High School, NSW
QLD Young Historian Jasmin Evans Ghandi and Hussein Isis District State High School, QLD

 

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