The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize

Frank MacDonald MM – born in Ulverstone in 1896 – was Tasmania’s last World War I veteran and the last of the 40th Infantry Battalion raised in WWI. Frank MacDonald was responsible for repairing signal lines between battalion headquarters and trenches and received the Military medal for working courageously under heavy fire. He also served in World War II and received the Legion of Honour in 1998. Frank MacDonald passed away on 23 August 2003 at the age of 107.


The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize is an essay-based competition which commemorates and preserves the meaning of the ANZAC spirit in the Tasmanian community.  This year the competition was open to all Tasmanian Year 9 and Year 10 students, as well as students who are undertaking home education at the same year level.


In 2021, six Year 9 students and six Year 10 students have been selected from around Tasmania to take part in a 10-day Study Tour in 2022, travelling to sites and landmarks of war time. The Study Tour is led by the Department of Communities Tasmania, and includes two teachers, a parliamentarian and a RSL representative.


The 2021 Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize recipients and representatives are:

Year 9 Students

Year 10 Students


  • Caitlin Midson, Devonport High School
  • Jon Lewis, Parklands High School

RSL Tasmania Representative

  • Christopher Parker, Lindisfarne RSL Sub-Branch

Tour Leaders

  • Terese Smith, Department of Communities Tasmania
  • Tanya Brown, Department of Communities Tasmania

View the Previous Winners of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize.

Further information about the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize can be viewed on the Department of Communities Tasmania website.