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.

Consider why it’s important…

  • Why was the legend important for Australia?
  • What was the significance of the legend for Australia’s democracy?
  • What does it tell us about Australia’s democracy?

Put it into context…

  • What was happening in Australia and the world at the time?
  • What were the outcomes or implications of the legend 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 theme?
  • 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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