Extension History Essay Prize

2021 Extension Essay Prize Winner

Sarah Whitehouse (Nowra Anglican School) with her teacher David Nicholls

The Extension History Essay Prize is open to essays that:

  • Satisfy the requirements of the NSW HSC Extension Project
  • Are the product of genuine research
  • Represent 'interesting and well written history'
  • Do not present a significant overlap with other senior history syllabus content

NOTE: Special Category essays will be selected by the judging panel from essays entered in the HTANSW Extension Essay Prize, and must meet the same criteria

Entry Criteria

  • Entries are restricted to two per school (i.e. each school can select/enter its 2 best essays only)
  • All entries must be nominated by the school's History Head Teacher or Coordinator. That is, entries must be submitted by the nominating teacher. Entries submitted by students will not be accepted
  • Entries must be received by the closing date 
  • Entries must be an exact copy of the essay the student submitted to their school to meet the requirements for the HSC Extension History Project. That is, entries must meet the below Essay Requirements
  • NOTE: Special Category essays will be chosen by the competition judges from the essays sumbitted to the general competition.

Essay Requirements

Essays should satisfy the requirements of the NSW HSC Extension Project:

  • Consist of no more than 2,500 words
  • Include a bibiliography (but not an evaluation of any of the sources used)

Please also ensure:

  • Your essay has page numbers
  • Apart from the essay's PDF file name, do not write student's name, school or teacher on any page of the body of the document.


Submissions will be via electronic upload through the below link. 

Please follow the following FORMAT GUIDE for your entries:

  • Save your entry essay in PDF file format (max. size 3MB)
  • Use the following naming convention to save your PDF file with student's details: SURNAMEfirstname_School
  • Complete a separate entry form for each student
  • NOTE: Maximum of 2 entries per school only

Click here to submit entry

CLOSING DATE 16 September 2022


HTANSW Extension Essay Prize

Sponsored by the University of Sydney History Department

  • 1st Place: $400 
  • Runners Up Awards (3 awards): $200

Special Category "Generation to Generation Prize"

The Sydney Jewish Museum is offering a prize for essays on the topic of Holocaust history and/or the related area of genocide studies. Candidates are encouraged to undertake original research utilising the Sydney Jewish Museum's archive (particularly the SJM's growing oral history archive) and library/resource collection.

  • 1st Place: $300 
  • 2nd Place: $150

NEW! Special Category - Australian History Prize

The History Council of NSW offers prizes for essays which focus on Australian history, and which may include original research.

  • 1st Place: $300
  • 2nd Place: $150

NEW! Special Category - Ancient Past Prize

The Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney, offers prizes for essays which encompass the ancient past and/or archaeology.

  • 1st Prize: $300
  • 2nd Prize: $150


2021 Results

During 2022 a selection of prize-winning essays will be published in the Term 1, 2, 3 and 4 issues of our Teaching History journal.

2021 Extension Prize Winners

L-R: Ashleigh Robinson, Lara Finlayson, Sarah Whitehouse, Joshua McGillicuddy

2021 Generation Prize Winners

L-R : Marina Dorfman Knijnik and Olivia Harlamb


HTANSW Extension Essay Prize

1st Place

Sarah Whitehouse

Nowra Anglican College

Runner Up

Lara Finlayson

Kambala School

Runner Up

Joshua McGillicuddy

St Aloysius College

Runner Up

Ashleigh Robinson

Shire Christian School


Generation to Generation Prize – Sydney Jewish Museum

1st Place

Marina Dorfman Knijnik

Caringbah Selective High School

2nd Place

Olivia Harlamb

Abbotsleigh School for Girls


2021 Certificates of Excellence

Certificates of Excellence were awarded to the following students (in alphabetical order).

Ava Broinowski

Sydney Girls' High School

Charlotte Damian

Loreto Kirribilli

Hayley Jones

Northmead CAPA High School

Hannah King

Riverside Girls' High School

Dominic Leishman

Newcastle Grammar School

Sophie Nguyen

Sydney Girls' High School

Monique Oste

Shire Christian School

Evelyn Poyitt

Redeemer Baptist School

Mackenzie Stanizzo

Holy Spirit College, Bellambi

Emily Szalajko

Elderslie High School

Xavier Tuffy

St John Bosco College

Muhummad Umar

Evans High School

Mae White

St John Pauls College, Coffs Harbour

Courtney Wilkinson

Brigidine College St Ives