Triumph or Tragedy in Democracy
Photo: Minister Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP with the state, territory and special category winners of the 2015 National History Challenge at Australian Parliament House
The National History Challenge invites students to be historians — researching and interpreting the past. The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is pleased to sponsor a special category in this year’s challenge ‘Tragedy or Triumph in Democracy’.
A democracy is a place where everyone can have a say. Throughout history, many voices have contributed to the move toward political freedoms, equality and democratic systems of government. The Museum of Australian Democracy traces the development of democracy through the stories of ordinary people, from all walks of life who used their voices to achieve extraordinary things.
Students from years F-12 are invited to research and create an entry that considers the tragedy or triumph demonstrated by individual, organisation, group, event or historical document.
Entries may refer to political leaders, activists, parties, governments, or any other person or group who has influenced the democracy throughout Australia or the world. Students might also choose to focus on the democratic tragedy and/or triumph of a historical document or event. Entries are not limited to Australian figures.