The 1929 Launceston floods, the usage of Port Arthur and the significance of the cork tree at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School.
These and many more topics were the subject of questions asked by students from around the region recently, culminating in the Launceston Historical Society’s Primary School History Prize on Thursday.
All up 121 entries were received from across six schools – laid out on tables in the historic Launceston Town Hall.
Now In it’s 18th year, the awards are seen as a way to get young people in grades three to six interested in the stories beneath what lies around them.
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“The goal is to get even more people to be aware of history and enjoy it from as young an age as possible,” said Rebecca Phillips, a Launceston Historical Society committee member.
LHS also run a prize for first-year history students studying at the University of Tasmania.
Isabella Swain, 9, from Exeter Primary School, took out first prize in the grade three cohort for her project constructed around the question of why the 1929 Launceston floods happened. Isabella said she was inspired to look into the event after seeing an old video in class.
“History is a story,” City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten told the gathered students. “It’s not something that stands still.”
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