Joint Media Release with Minister for Veterans’ Affairs The Hon Dan Tehan MP and Minister for Education and Training Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham
A Palmerston student was today bestowed one of the nation’s top history honours when he was announced as one of the winners in the 2017 Simpson Prize.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, congratulated Palmerston Senior College student Finlay Dale on the award, which was presented to him by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, at Parliament House in Canberra today.
“Finlay Dale will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the Western Front and represent the Territory at Anzac Day commemorative services in France and Belgium,” Senator Scullion said.
“Finlay received a medallion and a certificate to acknowledge his achievement while attending a two-day educational programme at national institutions in Canberra.”
Senator Scullion said Finlay investigated the significance of Western Front battles in helping shape the Anzac story.
“Finlay’s entry demonstrated excellent research and analysis of historical sources, as well as a great deal of hard work,” Senator Scullion said.
“This is a fantastic achievement and it’s great to see a Territory student recognised with this prestigious award.
“I would also like to congratulate Lachlan Anderson from Darwin Middle School who was a runner-up in the 2017 Simpson Prize.”
Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, said Finlay’s entry was chosen from more than 1100 students who had submitted an essay or an audio-visual presentation in the 2017 Simpson Prize.
“All of today’s winners have shown themselves to be excellent young historians with a detailed, well researched and sophisticated understanding of what happened on the Western Front just over a hundred years ago,” Minister Birmingham said.
“The Simpson Prize is an important way to ensure Australia’s history is recognised by current Year 9 and 10 students and future generations.”