The 2016 National History Challenge
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD) would like to congratulate all students who participated in the 2016 National History Challenge. The National History Challenge gives students the opportunity to be historians, and to research, question, analyse, write and create. This year students from years F to 12 explored the theme ‘Triumph or Tragedy?’ in a variety of presentation formats from research essays to museum exhibits. MoAD is proud to announce the winner of our special category ‘Democracy’ – Sarah Tang from Perth Modern School. Read Sarah’s winning essay The 1974 Portuguese Carnation Revolution: A Matter of Time and Perspective. The judging panel commented that Sarah’s essay was a well-researched and articulate discussion of a unique topic.
The State and Territory Young Historians, along with the National Special Category and National Year Level Winners travelled to Canberra for the national presentation ceremony held at Parliament House on 29 November. While in Canberra, the winning students visited several national cultural institutions, including MoAD.
During their visit, the students participated in the 1975 Prime Minister Dismissed! learning program. The students, ranging from years 6 to 12, enjoyed the opportunity to investigate an historic moment from Australia’s political past.
The theme for 2017 is ‘Making a Better World?’. MoAD invites students from years F to 12 to research and create an entry for our special category ‘Have a Voice in Our Democracy’ that considers whether democracy makes for a better world. Students can research:
- an individual or a community
- an artist or a writer
- an idea or an event
- a discovery or an invention.
For more details, visit Competitions and challenges.