The task

Entries can be presented in the following formats:

  • Research essay (individual)
  • Performance (individual or group)
  • Three-Dimensional model (individual or group)
  • Multi-media (individual or group)

Focus on one key event or issue and include evidence from a primary document. You must use at least one primary document such as a speech or letter to support your entry.

Remember, the National History Challenge rules say that you need to use a variety of primary and secondary sources.

Full competition information including word length, presentation, referencing and registration is available from the National History Challenge website.

In your entry, remember to…

Identify your ‘Defining Moment’

  • What is your ‘defining moment’ in the history of Australia’s democracy?
  • Where and when did it happen?
  • Who was involved?

Consider why it’s important…

  • How did the event/issue impact on Australia?
  • What was the significance of the event?
  • What does it tell us about Australia’s democracy?
  • How did people in Australia and the world react at the time?

Put it into context…

  • What happened before the event/issue?
  • What were the outcomes or implications for Australia and the world?
  • Are there links to contemporary issues?
  • Does it have continuing relevance to today?

Use at least one primary document in your research

  • Clearly describe the document
  • What is it?
  • Where is it from?
  • How is it relevant to the defining moment?
  • Consider – does the document tell the whole story or is it biased?
  • Use the document along with secondary sources to give evidence supporting your entry

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

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