National History Challenge

National History Challenge

The National History Challenge encourages students from years 5 to 12 to use research and inquiry based learning to discover more aboutAustraliaand its past.

The NFAW sponsors the Women’s Category, which raises the awareness of Australian school children of the role played by women inAustralia’s history.

All students who participate in the National History Challenge receive a Certificate of Participation. Each Australian state and territory has a coordinator, and state and territory judging is undertaken locally. National judging takes place in October to determine category winners and the Young Historian of the Year finalists. From these finalists, the Young Historian of the Year is chosen. The prizes are presented to the winner at Parliament House,Canberra.

The History Teachers’ Association of Australia conducts the National History Challenge each year. Details about the Challenge and how to enter are available on the National History Challenge website.

Sponsors of other special categories include the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Old Parliament House and the National Archives of Australia.

To donate and help fund the Women’s Prize in the National History Challenge click here

National History Challenge 2016 – 2017

The theme for 2016 was Triumph or Tragedy? The winner of the NFAW Women’s History prize was Year 10 student Maxine Huntsman of Victoria, who had prepared an excellent website on the effects of World War II on the Australian feminist movement including interviews, sound bytes on women’s war efforts and their aftermath. This is an outstanding contribution to Australian women’s history.

The theme for the Women’s Prize for the 2017 History Challenge is:

Making a Better World? Australian Women on the World Stage

Australian women have achieved successes and endured failures on the world stage. Surprise us with your discovery of little-known Australian women who have tried to make a difference abroad. What was the significance of their work and did it make a better world? Read newspaper articles, correspondence and press releases. Look at reports they presented to their organisations and wow us with the beauty of your language and the depth of your investigative skills.

The Australian Women’s Register is a good place to start your research. It can be found under the Australian Women’s Archives Project on the National Foundation for Australian Women website ( Here are a few names to get you started:

Hannah McGlade, Shirley Randell, Caroline Chisholm, Nancy Wake, Pat Gunther, Erika Feller, Jill Ker Conway.