Extension History Essay Prize

2023 Extension Essay Prize 1st Place

Jasmine Keenan (Ascham) with Prof. Michael  McDonnell (University of Sydney History Department)

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
  • CLOSING DATE - Friday 15th September (COB)


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


2023 HTANSW Extension Essay Prize Winners

1st Place

Jasmine Keenan


Runner Up (equal)

Ella Curran

Santa Sabina College

Runner Up (equal)

Sophie Gale


Runner Up (equal)

Angus Renton

Barker College


2023 Generation to Generation Prize – Sydney Jewish Museum

1st Place

Minghui Yuki Xie

Sydney Girls High School

2nd Place

Amy Winslow

Roseville College

2023 Australian History Prize - History Council of NSW

1st Place

Sarah Blaney

Sydney Girls High School

2nd Place

Zoe Dyson


2023 Ancient Past Prize - Chau Chak Wing Museum

1st Place

Sara Zimmerman


2nd Place

Rory Wilson

The Hills Grammar


2023 Results

During 2024 a selection of prize-winning essays will be published in the Term 1, 2, 3 and 4 issues of our Teaching History journal.

2023 Ancient Past Prize Category Winners

L-R: Sarah Zimmerman, Rory Wilson, Dr Craig Barker (Chau Chak Wing Museum)

2023 Australian Prize Category Winners

L-R : Dr Stephen Gapps (History Council NSW), Sarah Blaney, Catherine Bavell (Sydney Girls HS)

2023 Generation Prize Category Winners

L-R: Erin O'Brien (Sydney Jewish Museum), Minghui Yuki Xie, Amy Winslow

2023 Extension Main Prize

L-R: Jasmine Keenan, Sophie Gale, Ella Curran, Angus Renton, Prof Michael McDonnell (University of Sydney)


2023 Certificates of Excellence

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

Imogen Barber

Tara Anglican School

Josie Bennetts

Sefton High School

Jamie Bjjerregaard

Canberra Grammar School

Daniel Fihrer

Moriah College

Natalia Hamilton

GLC Tuncurry Campus

Sumedh Kundu

North Sydney Boys High School

Amari Leiva-Urzua

Mt St Benedict College

Finan Maher

St Josephs College Hunters Hill

Arielle Melamed

Emanuel School

Lillian Miller

Newcastle Grammar School

Pranavan Prakash

Penrith Selective High School

Liam Rees

St Ignatius College Riverview

Ava Sael

Sefton High School