The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize

Open to all Year 9 students in Tasmanian schools, the Frank McDonald Memorial Prize has been established to honour Tasmania’s last World War 1 veteran, Frank MacDonald MM.

The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize is open to all students currently in Year 9 in government and non-government schools in Tasmania, as well as home-schooled students at the same year level.

The prize is a joint initiative of the Tasmanian State Government and the RSL Tasmania.

Further information about the prize is available online at Department of Communities Tasmania.

The 2019-2020 winners of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize are:


  • Amelia Hanson – Riverside High School
  • Chi Canty – Scotch Oakburn College
  • Elijah Hughes – Kingston High School
  • Lachlan Rogers – Taroona High School
  • Melanie Shoobridge – Tasman District School
  • William Zeeman – The Hutchins School


  • Phillip Stanley – MacKillop Catholic College
  • Shelley Hollister – Devonport High School


  • Craig Coutts – Primrose Sands RSL

Department of Communities Tasmania

  • Kristy Broomhall – Tour Leader

Parliamentary Representative

  • Guy Barnett, MP

View the Previous Winners of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made by the Department of Communities Tasmania and the Department of Education to place the 2020 competition on hold.

The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize will return in 2021. For interested students we highly recommend the National History Challenge as an alternative.

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students.  It gives students a chance to be an historian, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots.  It emphasises and rewards quality research, the use of community resources and effective presentation.

This year’s theme is “CONTESTED hiSTORIES”.

Make sure you REGISTER as soon as possible so that you receive your information pack.

More information is available on the National History Challenge website.