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Simpson Prize 2015

ANZAC Day Service at Gallipoli

Simpson Prize open for entries

Entries are now open for the 2015 Simpson Prize. The winners will attend the ANZAC Day commemorations on the centenary of the original landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

The Simpson Prize is open to Year 9 and 10 students and teachers and encourages participants to focus on the significance of ANZAC Day and to consider what ANZAC Day means to them and to Australia.

Students will be required to research and present either an essay or audio-visual presentation addressing:

“To what extent did Australians enlist in 1914 to defend the ‘Mother Country’?”

The Simpson Prize was established in 1998 to honour John Simpson Kirkpatrick of ‘Simpson and his donkey’ fame, the man famous for his bravery under fire at Gallipoli in 1915. The prize aims to highlight outstanding historical research by Year 9 and 10 students.

The Tasmanian winner of the 2014 Simpson Prize was Benjamin James, of Rose Bay High School, and the Tasmanian runner-up was Adam Dimsey, of Clarence High School.

Winners and runners-up receive a medallion to celebrate their achievements and take part in a two-day study program in Canberra, which includes visits to Australian War Memorial, National Museum of Australia and Parliament House.

Two teachers will also be selected to accompany the students on the preparatory trip to Canberra as well as the trip to Turkey or the Western Front.

How to enter

To find out more about the Simpson Prize and how to enter visit

The closing date for entries is 17 October 2014.