National History Challenge – Special Category

2014 National Archives special category prize winner Rachel Li and Shaun Rohrlach

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 2015

This year the theme is Leadership and Legacy


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
  • research and write an essay that covers the 2015 National history challenge theme Leadership and Legacy
  • use a range of primary sources, including those from the National Archives' collection
  • include citations, and credit the source of ideas, information and quotations
  • include an annotated bibliography listing all sources used and brief comments on what each contained.

Entries for this year's challenge closed Friday 21 August 2015

Further information can be found at the National History Challenge website.

Getting Started

Before you begin the challenge:

Further information


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