Top students honoured in Simpson Prize milestone year

Winners and runners-up for the 2024 Simpson Prize have today been honoured at Parliament House, as the national school history competition celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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

Sixteen winners and runners-up, two from each state and territory, were chosen from more than 1,000 entries from 79 schools, the highest number of entries in five years.

Students this year responded to the statement: ‘Commemoration of the Anzac tradition has widespread support in Australia despite different historical interpretations and debates about the nature and significance of the Anzac legend’.

The winners will travel to Singapore next month where they will visit historic sites and attend an Anzac Day commemoration service.

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 from 2023 until 2026.

More information on the Simpson Prize and a full list of winners is available at:

2024 Simpson Prize Winners and Runners-up


StateFirst NameLast NameSchool
Australian Capital TerritoryElizaBellMerici College
New South WalesRainierLiuKnox Grammar School
Northern TerritoryPatrickChenDarwin Middle School
QueenslandLaraEdmistonSt Monica’s College
South AustraliaMariaGaganisSeymour College
TasmaniaEloraWillisLaunceston Church Grammar School
VictoriaCharlotteSingPresbyterian Ladies’ College
Western AustraliaElizabethDuciePrendiville Catholic College


StateFirst NameLast NameSchool
Australian Capital TerritoryDiyaMenonCanberra High School
New South WalesDanielKimThe Scots College
Northern TerritoryNabeehaQasimDarwin Middle School
QueenslandCharlieConwayAnglican Church Grammar School
South AustraliaElisaFarahLoreto College
TasmaniaAmeliaCooperThe Friends’ School
VictoriaJeremyLiScotch College Melbourne
Western AustraliaLillyMosesChampion Bay Senior High School