Australian Democracy – Defining Moments

The National History Challenge invites students to be historians—researching and interpreting the past. The Museum of Australian Democracy is pleased to sponsor a special category in this year’s challenge ‘Australian Democracy: Defining Moments’.

A democracy is a place where everyone can have a say. The Museum of Australian Democracy traces the development of democracy through the stories of ordinary people using their voice to achieve extraordinary things.

The history of Australia’s democracy encompasses our laws and institutions, as well as the way we live as a society.

Students from years 5-12 are invited to research and create an entry on an important milestone in Australia’s democracy. It could be an event, an announcement, a law that has been passed, a protest, an issue, the birth or death of a person, a speech…

The Museum of Australian Democracy also sponsored a category in the 2010 National History Challenge on the topic ‘Australian Prime Ministers: Celebrations, Memories and History’. You can read the winning essay here.

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. More information is available on the National History Challenge site.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

18 King George Terrace
Parkes ACT 2610

Open daily 9 am – 5 pm (closed Christmas Day)


Tracey Langner
Schools Learning

Phone:02 6270 8280

Fax:02 6270 8111

Research Library
Australian Prime Ministers Centre

Phone:02 6270 8134

Fax:02 6270 8260