Spotlight for Frank McDonald Memorial Prize Winner

Frank McDonald Memorial Prize winner, William Scott, has had his research about indigenous WW1 hero, Alfred John Hearps, published in a book by the Tasmanian Government.

The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize is an essay-based competition for grade nine students that helps promote and preserve the meaning of the ANZAC spirit in the Tasmanian community.

Prize winners have the opportunity to study Australia’s participation in the Great War by taking a study tour to visit significant WW1 landmarks and battlefields on the Western Front in Europe.

As part of the program, William travelled with six other student prize winners and parliamentarian Kerry Finch MLC to Beligium and France, visiting significant historical sites and the graves of the fallen soldiers they studied.

William said it was a life changing experience to be there, and in particular, to see the resting place of 19-year-old Alfred Hearps.

William also appeared on WIN News, where he spoke about his work and the Frank McDonald Memorial Prize experience.

The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize has been put on hold for 2020 due to the pandemic, however, will be back in 2021 and open to all Year 9 students in Tasmania.