Changing perspectives in history: a national challenge
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is proud to announce the winner of our special category – ‘Australian Democracy’ in the 2014 National History Challenge, year 10 student from Sydney Girls High, Sophia Young Jee Min.
The National History Challenge gives students a chance to be historians, to research, question, analyse and write. Students delve into primary sources to create an original essay, or museum exhibit that presents their research in a compelling manner.
In 2014 the theme was ‘Changing Perspectives in Australian Democracy’ and entries took seriously the task of analysing the events and decisions of the past. Students considered how our perspectives have changed and they drew conclusions around the implications of these changes upon our future as a democracy.
Special category winners in the National History Challenge are awarded cash prizes and a visit to Canberra to tour cultural institutions, including the Museum of Australian Democracy and to receive their awards at an official ceremony in Australian Parliament House.
Daryl Karp, Director of the Museum presented Sophia her award at the ceremony in the Mural Hall at Australian Parliament House. The state and territory Young Historians and the overall winner of the Challenge, Angus Christie from The Hutchins School, Tasmania, were presented with their prizes by Senator the Honourable Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education.
The Museum is pleased to continue sponsoring the National History Challenge. In 2015 we have renamed our special category, ‘Democracy’. This category provides opportunities for students to research and interrogate democracy nationally and globally, investigating individuals, events or documents. Entries are now open for 2015 and will close 21 August 2015 and teachers are encouraged to register their school now.