Tasmanian students triumph in special category of National History Challenge

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Hon Stuart Robert MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Minister for Human Services

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

Two children from The Hutchins School in Tasmania were today presented with the award for the Australian Wartime Experiences special category in the National History Challenge (NHC) for their joint project, “Kokoda: How it lives on in us”.

Presenting the award, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, congratulated Jack Carr and Angus Christie on their win.

“The boys did a superb job in creating an innovative historical record of the experiences of one of only two remaining Tasmanian Kokoda veterans,” Mr Robert said.

“Jack and Angus created an interactive book featuring audio, flip-ups and letters. The project included interviews with a 98-year-old Kokoda veteran, Mr Ted Howe, and several people who have walked the Kokoda Track in recent years.

“The judges commented that Jack and Angus had demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of the concept of leadership by acknowledging its diverse nature, which aligned with the NHC 2015 theme of ‘Leadership and Legacy’.”

Mr Robert said Jack, Angus and The Hutchins School should be very proud of their achievements. More than 300 primary and high schools from across Australia participated in the competition this year.

“The NHC Australian Wartime Experiences special category is particularly significant as we commemorate the Anzac Centenary from 2014 to 2018,” Mr Robert said.

“It is important that all Australians understand the Anzac story and learn more about our wartime history, including the cost and impact of war on our society. The NHC encourages our younger generations to do exactly that.”

The NHC is administered by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia. Each year, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, in cooperation with the Australian War Memorial, sponsors the Australian Wartime Experiences special category.

For more information on the NHC, visit the NHC website.

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