The Simpson Prize honours top students

Congratulations to the winners and runners-up of the 2023 Simpson Prize who have today been recognised at a ceremony in Parliament House. 

The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students that focuses on the service of Australians in World War I. 

The eight winners and runners-up from each state and territory were selected from entries submitted by 809 students from 83 schools around Australia. 

Students this year responded to the question, ‘How significant was Australia’s contribution to the Allied military victory on the Western Front in 1918?’

The winners will now participate in a commemorative study tour to Singapore next month. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn first-hand about Singapore’s role in Australia’s wartime history. 

It is through challenges such as The Simpson Prize that students learn about the experiences that helped shape modern Australia. 

The Simpson Prize is an important initiative which recognises the sacrifices of Australians who gave so much in our name.  

The Australian Government has proudly supported The Simpson Prize since 1998 and has provided The History Teachers’ Association of Australia with a $910,000 grant to manage the Prize until 2026. 

2023 Simpson Prize Winners and Runners-Up 

Winners

State

First Name

Last Name

School

Australian Capital Territory

Estelle

Vizjak

Canberra High School

New South Wales

Murphy

Xi

The King’s School

Northern Territory

Orm

S Khamthongveun

Dripstone Middle School

Queensland

Thomas

Harris

Brisbane Grammar School

South Australia

Charlotte

Chung

Seymour College

Tasmania

Samuel

Castle

The Friends’ School

Victoria

Jingyi

Luo

Presbyterian Ladies’ College

Western Australia

Emily

Yap

Willetton Senior High School

Runners-up

State

First Name

Last Name

School

Australian Capital Territory

Olgierd

Kuss

Canberra High School

New South Wales

Toby

Scott

St Aloysuis College

Northern Territory

Elijah

Lane

Dripstone Middle School

Queensland

Lara

Edmiston

St Monica’s College, Cairns

South Australia

Akshay

Mishra

The Heights School

Tasmania

Isabel

Adams

The Friends’ School

Victoria

Polly

Craig

Billanook College

Western Australia

Henry

McRae

Christ Church Grammar School