National History Challenge – Special Category

2015 National Archives Special Category prize winner Phoebe Blaxill and Anne McLean, Director, Reference and Information Services.

We award prizes to entrants in the National History Challenge. Our Special Category prize is for excellence in the use of primary sources (archival records) from our collection.

Theme for 2016

This year the theme is 'Triumph or Tragedy?'.


A winner will be selected from each state and territory. Each will receive a cash prize of $200.

A national winner will be selected from state and territory winners. The national winner will receive:

  • a further cash prize of $300
  • an expenses-paid trip to Canberra to attend the National History Challenge awards ceremony at Parliament House
  • a guided tour of national cultural institutions, including the National Archives.

How to enter

To be considered for the prize, you must:

  • be in Year 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • choose either Option 1 or Option 2
    • Option 1:  develop and film a primary sources trail that explores the 2016 National History Challenge theme 'Triumph or Tragedy?'
      • use 10 pieces of evidence, including at least five records from the National Archives' collection, relating to the proposal to dam the Franklin River
      • get started on Vrroom
    • Option 2:  research and write an essay that explores the 2016 National History Challenge theme 'Triumph or Tragedy?'
      • use a range of primary sources, including those from the National Archives' collection
      • get started on Vrroom

Entries for this year's challenge close Friday 26 August 2016

See the National History Challenge website for entry forms and further information.

Before you start

Before you begin the challenge:

Further information


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