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Canberra student becomes Young Historian of the Year

Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann  today congratulated Ellen Trevanion of Narrabundah College on being announced the 2011 Young Historian of the Year at Parliament House.

Ellen won the award for her essay on John Curtin entitled John Curtin – Defining Moments?

“I would like to congratulate Ellen on her win and on her essay about one of Australia’s war time Prime Ministers and Labor icon,” said Ms Brodtmann.

“Ellen’s win is a great tribute to her, to Narrabundah College and to all ACT schools,” said Ms Brodtmann.

Ms Brodtmann also congratulated other ACT Finalists Alexandra McKinnon also from Narrabundah College and Phillip Taleski from Marist College for their essays on the bombing of Darwin in World War Two and the 1967 referendum.

“The National History Challenge encourages students in Years 5–12 to discover more about Australia’s past while developing skills in historical research and inquiry,” said Ms Brodtmann.

“The theme for this year was Defining Moments and students presented their research in a variety of ways, including essays, museum displays, performances and multimedia presentations.

“I am incredibly proud that so many Canberra students have won awards in this year’s challenge.

“This is a fantastic achievement and I have no doubt that Ellen, Alexandra, and Phillip will continue to achieve great success over the coming months and years,” said Ms Brodtmann.

The students used what’s called the ‘historical inquiry’ approach, a process of understanding history through asking questions and interpreting evidence.

“The ‘historical inquiry’ approach is embedded in the Australian Curriculum for History, giving us the confidence that every school student studying history in Australia will have a strong foundation on which they can build,” Ms Brodtmann said. 

Under the Civics and Citizenship Education Program, the Gillard Government provided funding of $115 000 to the History Teachers’ Association of Australian for the 2011 National History Challenge.

“The Gillard Government is pleased to support the 2011 National History Challenge and we look forward to the implementation of the Australian Curriculum for History in our local schools,” Ms Brodtmann said.

For more information on the National History Challenge, including a list of winners, visit: