The Simpson Prize
The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to explore the significance of the Anzac experience and what it has meant for Australia. Eight winners are chosen from each State and Territory with the opportunity to visit overseas battlefields and participate in Anzac Day commemorations
The experience of Australian soldiers on the Western Front in 1916 has been largely overlooked in accounts of the First World War; to what extent would you argue that battles such as Fromelles and Pozières should feature more prominently?
How well does the ANZAC legend tell the story of individual Australian soldiers during World War One?
What does an investigation of primary sources reveal about the Gallipoli experience and to what extent does this explain the origins of the Anzac Legend?
Why has Australian commemoration of ANZAC Day increased in popularity in recent years? You should support your view with reference to at least two different periods of Australian history.
Has the ANZAC legend changed over 95 years? You should support your view with reference to at least 2 different periods of Australian history.
World War I had a devastating effect on Australian society. Why should we commemorate our participation in this conflict?
To what extent was Simpson a hero? How have his heroic qualities been demonstrated by other Australians since 1915? In response, you should aim to give approximately equal attention to each question.
Consider what values and characteristics demonstrated by the ANZACs at Gallipoli and later reinforced at the Western Front, continue to influence Australians today.