Young historians meet challenge

Young historians meet challenge

Two Kingborough students have been recognised among the state’s best young historians under the Tasmanian National History Challenge awards.

The theme for this year’s competition was CONTESTED hiSTORIES, inviting students to focus on a key historical event, period, decision, individual or group with a contentious past.

Claire Tyers from Calvin Christian School was named the winner of the Tasmanian Year 9 category for her project on the pavlova and the dessert’s importance to the national cultures of both Australia and New Zealand.

Amelia Fahey-Hankey of Taroona High School was named the Tasmanian winner of the Democracy category.

The overall winners and 2020 Tasmanian Young Historians of the Year were announced as Dryden Edwards and Bobby Gregory from Emmanuel Christian School.

Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education Andrew Gee said this year’s competition was fierce, with over 7000 entries from more than 600 schools across Australia.

“By participating in this challenge, students have broadened their understanding of people, societies and culture and of how we came to live in the world we do today,” said Minister Gee.

“I congratulate all of the Tasmanian students who participated in this year’s National History Challenge.

“History forms a vital part of Australia’s unique culture and I encourage you to continue to pursue your interest in investigating the past.” 

Pictured above: Claire Tyers (centre) was recently announced as the Year 9 category winner of the Tasmanian National History Challenge. Claire’s project was on the pavlova and its importance to the national cultures of both Australia and New Zealand. Claire was congratulated by Premier of Tasmania, the Honourable Peter Gutwein MP and Calvin Christian School teacher Kyle Fieland on the day. (PS)