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Winner of 2018 National History Challenge announced

School students are learning important lessons from history and developing their researching skills by entering the Morrison Government-funded National History Challenge.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced the 2018 Young Historian of the Year was James Tyers, a Year 10 student from Calvin Christian School in Tasmania.

"James was a deserved winner with his extensively researched video project about the introduction of decimal currency in Australia," Mr Tehan said.

"All of the students who participated in the National History Challenge demonstrated an enthusiasm for learning the lessons of history.

"The high quality of the entries is a tribute to the students, but also to their teachers and parents who inspire and encourage them to explore their love of history.

"I congratulate all of the students who participated in the challenge and encourage students across Australia to take part in 2019 and explore the theme ‘People and Power’."

More than 6,500 students from more than 600 schools throughout Australia took part in this year’s National History Challenge.

The Morrison Government is providing $396,000 over three years for the National History Challenge. For more information visit

View James’ winning presentation at