A Competition For Secondary School Students


People from the modern state of Lebanon have a long history of migration to Australia beginning in the 1880s. Today, Australians of Lebanese origin may owe their presence here to a family member who arrived in the nineteenth, twentieth or even the twenty-first century. The individual and collective story of Lebanese migration to Australia will make an essential contribution to developing a better understanding of both the history of Lebanon and that of Australia.

Students of Lebanese heritage from around Australia are invited to participate in this inaugural competition which is conducted by the Australian Lebanese Historical Society Inc.


  • Junior (Years 9-10)
  • Senior (Years 11-12) 


Students may enter one of the following:



  • Beginning date:                              Monday 30 March 2020
  • Closing date:                                    Monday 10 August 2020
  • Winners to be announced:        Monday 5 October 2020 by email and ALHS Website
  • Prizes awarded at an ALHS event:  Date and place to be announced


DUE DATE: Entries must be received by 11.59 pm on Monday 10 August 2020.

  • All necessary forms must be downloaded, completed and must accompany the submission.
  • Requested forms: Title Page, Interviewee Release Form and Competitor Release Form.
  • Send all entries to: mail@alhs.org.au
  • For files too large to attach, email them via a Google Docs or Dropbox link.
  • Put Surname, Initial, State, and Competition Submission in the Subject line (Example: SMITH B Qld Competition Submission)


Any questions or queries can be sent to the ALHS email address with Competition Help in the Subject line: mail@alhs.org.au


Prizes are awarded in the following categories with each category being awarded a first, second and third prize.

 Junior (Years 9-10)

Individual Research Essay          $200; $100; $50

Multi-media presentation            $200; $100; $50                       

Senior (Years 11-12)

Individual Research Essay           $300; $150; $75

Multi-media presentation            $300; $150; $75


The judging panel may also award Highly Commended or Commended Certificates in each category. However, the panel may decide not to award any or all of the prizes if entries do not match the criteria of assessment.

All decisions of the judging panel are final and no correspondence will be entered into.


The General Criteria for Assessment are vital for all entries. Students should keep this list beside them when they are researching and writing/filming etc. Winning entries will be those that complete the task chosen by matching all the criteria. Click here for the criteria of assessment.


If students record an interview with a family member or someone else whose knowledge of the Australian Lebanese past can help them respond to their chosen task, then they must complete an Interviewee Release Form.

Interviewers have to act responsibly when they record or make notes after interviewing someone (the Interviewee). Interviewees have to give the interviewer (here students) the right to share their private information through an agreement. The Interviewee Release Form gives students the ability to make this agreement as it states the purpose and intended use of interviews and what copyright provisions apply. It also ensures that interviews are preserved for future researchers.

The above information is sourced from the Oral History Australia website.

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