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Young Historian of the Year 2019 announced


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

Australia’s brightest young historians have been recognised at the annual National History Challenge awards, showcasing their quality research skills while exploring the theme ‘People and Power’.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced the 2019 Young Historian of the Year was Alice Ward, a Year 10 student from St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School in Western Australia.

"Alice was a deserved winner, delivering an extensive research essay demonstrating corrupt power during the late 1960’s East German doping scandal," Mr Tehan said.

"I congratulate all the students who participated in the National History Challenge and whose entries made it to the finals.

"You should be very proud of the quality work you have produced. The high standard of all the entries also reflects the hard work and dedication of the teachers and parents who encourage you to delve into and understand our past.

"It is great to see so many students pursuing their passion for history and I encourage all students across Australia to take part in next year’s challenge and explore the theme ‘Contested Stories’."

More than 6,500 students from more than 800 schools throughout Australia took part in this year’s National History Challenge.

The Morrison Government is providing $398,000 over three years for the National History Challenge.

For more information, including a full list of winners, visit