The Simpson Prize


  1. The Simpson Prize 2021

    “How do lesser known stories from the Western Front expand our understanding of the Australian experience of the First World War?”


  1. The Simpson Prize 2020

    “Allied victory brought an end to war, suffering, and challenges for Australia and its people.” To what extent do experiences of 1919 support this view?

  2. The Simpson Prize 2019

    “To what extent could 1918 be considered a year of victory for Australia and Australians?”

  3. The Simpson Prize 2018

    Some historians have described 1917 as “the worst year of the Great War” for Australia and Australians. To what extent is this an accurate statement?

  4. The Simpson Prize 2016

    The landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 is often given prominence in accounts of the Gallipoli campaign. What other events or experiences of the campaign would you argue require more attention?

  5. The Simpson Prize 2014

    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.