Brisbane student named 2023 Young Historian of the Year

Year 12 student from Brisbane, Isaac Robinson, is the 2023 Young Historian of the Year.

The Brisbane Grammar School student has been awarded the title for his outstanding essay and video on ‘The Collapse of the USSR’ to the National History Challenge.

Isaac and the 21 winners were recognised for their independent research and critical thinking skills.

Students from primary school through to Year 12 researched their chosen topic under the theme of ‘Change and Continuity’.

More than 6,500 students from more than 700 schools entered this year, the highest number since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Australian Government is providing $568,000 to support the History Teachers’ Association of Australia to host the challenge over four years to 2025.

A full list of 2023 winners is available at: https://historychallenge.org.au/2023-winners

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Jason Clare:

“Understanding history helps us to question, to analyse to interpret, to connect the dots.

“It helps us to better understand the world we live in today and who we are.

“Isaac’s essay examining the USSR was a standout entry and he should be very proud of what he has achieved.

“Congratulations Isaac, and all the winners of this year’s awards, their teachers and their schools.”

CategoryNameTitleSchoolState
National Young HistorianIsaac RobinsonThe Collapse of the USSRBrisbane Grammar SchoolQLD
Year Level 11-12Isaac RobinsonThe Collapse of the USSRBrisbane Grammar SchoolQLD
Year Level 10Olivia TsigaropolousThe Torch of TraditionCasimir Catholic CollegeNSW
Year Level 9Ruby RubinsteinHow has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism changed throughout the twentieth century?Ascham SchoolNSW
Year Level 8Anabel Liu-MuNews Across TimeRuyton Girls’ SchoolVIC
Year Level 7Grace GenfordThe Change and Continuity of Women in TheatreClarence High SchoolTAS
Year Level 5-6Ava PercyAustralian Women in SportHowrah Primary SchoolTAS
Asia and AustraliaSelina ChenReforms and legacies of the Whitlam governmentSydney Girls High SchoolNSW
DemocracyAbbey QuinlanInclusive DemocracyVictory Lutheran CollegeVIC
SportEmma ChoiAn Olympic Gold Medal for a Country Not His Own – Marathoner Sohn Kee ChungLoreto College MarryatvilleSA
Women’s HistoryGrace GenfordThe Change and Continuity of Women in TheatreClarence High SchoolTAS
IndigenousEthan WidjajaThe Great Australian SilencePerth Modern SchoolWA
Australia’s Wartime ExperiencesMicah AndrewsCyril Emerson HughesEmmanuel Christian SchoolTAS
Using Primary SourcesOlivia TsigaropolousThe Torch of TraditionCasimir Catholic CollegeNSW
Museum ExhibitArlo TempleBikinis and Beach Bans – The continuity and change of Australian beach culture and how it reflects our evolving sense of morality.Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner SchoolNSW
ACT Young HistorianVictor NiThe Asia Pacific Legacy- Change and Continuity in the Australian Macassan TradeCanberra Grammar SchoolACT
NSW Young HistorianJoy YeFrom the Great Southern Land to the Land of the Rising SunPymble Ladies’ CollegeNSW
NT Young HistorianMonishi Rangchak TripuraChittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord 1997Darwin High SchoolNT
QLD Young HistorianIsaac RobinsonThe Collapse of the USSRBrisbane Grammar SchoolQLD
SA Young HistorianEmma ChoiAn Olympic Gold Medal for a Country Not His Own – Marathoner Sohn Kee ChungLoreto College MarryatvilleSA
TAS Young HistorianGrace GenfordThe Change and Continuity of Women in TheatreClarence High SchoolTAS
VIC Young HistorianAnabel Liu-MuNews Across TimeRuyton Girls’ SchoolVIC
WA Young HistorianEthan WidjajaThe Great Australian SilencePerth Modern SchoolWA