Premier's Spirit of ANZAC Prize
Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize
Entries are now open for the 2021 Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize for Victorian students in Year 9, 10 and 11.
This prize competition provides students the opportunity to:
- explore Australia’s proud and significant war and peacekeeping history, and
- enter to receive a $2,500 scholarship to support their education
Through the program, students are asked to express their perspectives and understanding of experiences of those who have served. This can be presented in a range of formats, including essay, artwork, video, audio, music, webpage or poem.
To enter, students are asked to respond to the following prompt:
The Spirit of Anzac is widely considered to represent the resilience of a nation and its peoples, through their courage, endurance, ingenuity, mateship, and good humour. Explore this with respect to the experience and perspectives of Australians at war, service persons, individuals or community, in difficult times or times of conflict. The experience you explore does not need to relate directly to Australian wartime, but should demonstrate a connection to, and your understanding of, the Spirit of Anzac.
Students are encouraged to seek firsthand experiences when developing their responses, but it is not a requirement to enter.
Submissions can be presented in a range of formats, including essay, artwork, video, audio, music, webpage or poetry.
Closing deadline has been extended: 5pm, Tuesday 31 August 2021
Further details on set criteria, how to prepare submissions and eligibility can be found here.
In this video past winners of the Premier's Spirit of ANZAC prize share their experiences of their overseas trip to significant sites of war such as Gallipoli and the Western Front. Click here to view the video.
In this video teachers who applied to be chaperones on the Premier's Spirit of ANZAC Prize share their experiences accompanying students to significant war sites such as Gallipoli and the Western Front. Click here to view the video.
Search Engines and Tips
- Monument Australia
Use key words such as World War I to discover a range of monument profiles in metropolitan, regional and remote Australia.
- Discovering Anzacs
Learning to find Australian military records online.
- Researching Australians in the Great War (World War I)
Instruction videos on using primary sources such as honour rolls to research key figures.
- Australian War Memorial
Search for collection objects relating to World War I.
- Ballarat Underground
The story of the miners who left Ballarat to fight in the First World War.
- Chinese Anzacs
The Chinese Australians who fought during World War I.
- Geelong Voices
Remembering residents of Geelong who fought in World War I.
- In the Face of Uncertainty
How medical science and innovation responded to the horrific injuries sustained during World War I.
The school at Villers-Bretonneux was destroyed during World War I warfare and rebuilt by donations from Australian school children.
- World War I: Coming Home
Repatriation Hospitals were built during World War I to help soldiers who had suffered physical or mental injury during the war re-cooperate and re-enter society.
Department of Veterans' Affairs
- Education Portal click here.
- PDF copy of Chinese Anzacs book
- PDF copy of Ancestry book
- PDF copy of We Remember Anzac book
- PDF copy of Audacity book
- PDF copy of Indigenous Service book
- PDF copy of Devotion book
- PDF copy of We’ll Meet Again book
- PDF copy of Forever Yours book
- PDF copy of Home Front book
- PDF copy of Gallipoli and the Anzacs book
- PDF copy of Australian Women in War book
- PDF copy of Australians in World War I: Australian Light Horse – Palestine 1916-1918 book
- PDF copy of Australians on the Western Front book
- Conscription in the 20th century
A digi-book on the debate over military enlistment.
- The Home Front
A digi-book on the Australian home-front during World War I.
- World War I: The Dead Man’s Penny
A video clip on the medallion sent to the families of soldiers killed during World War I.
- Honouring Aboriginal ANZAC Soldiers
Film clip on students from Central Australia who travelled to Alice Springs on horseback to pay respect to Aboriginal ANZAC soldiers.
- Smithsonian: The Faces of War
An article on the development of masks to hide the injuries of soldiers returning from World War I.
- Centenary of the First World War
Memorials and projects relating to the centenary of World War I.