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Memento : Issue 22
january 2003 memento 9 he National History Challenge gives students in years 5--12 a chance to be a prize-winning historian by investigating their community and exploring their past. We are sponsoring this program again this year. We are pleased to announce we are joining with the National Library of Australia and State Records NSW in offering a new series of honorary research fellowships through the Australian Historical Association. The purpose of the fellowships is to facilitate research using the collections of each institution, normally during periods of study leave. There are no financial benefits available under the scheme. However, fellows will be given a dedicated work area, computer and other equipment. They will also have access to a staff member who will act as their first point of contact, assist with access to records and systems, and provide advice on the institution's collection. Kara Chalson, last year's winner of our National History Challenge prize. Meeting the challenge of Fellowships will be offered biennially, normally for a maximum period of six months. The closing date for the first round of fellowships is 31 March 2003. For further information and an application form, visit the Australian Historical Association website at www.theaha.org.au. Attention historians The decision on July 1st 1983 meant that the Commonwealth government did have the power to protect the national environment in matters of international importance. This power was later used to protect several areas of environmental importance. From Kara Chalson's essay 'Conflict and Resolution' in Australian history is the theme of the 2003 Challenge. Students can submit their research, individually or collectively, as a research paper, three-dimensional museum display, performance or multimedia presentation. Each year we sponsor a special prize for the best use of primary sources. Prizes of $100 are awarded to each State and Territory winner and $200 to the national winner. A set of four publications also goes to the national winner's school library. Last year's winner of our prize was Kara Chalson, a year 10 student of Clarence High School, Tasmania. Kara wrote about the evolution of the Tasmanian conservation movement over the past century. Using conservation case studies dating from the 1890s, she documented the birth of the Wilderness Society and showed how heritage and the environment have moved from the margins of our consciousness to play a central part in contemporary politics. Kara's essay draws on campaign pamphlets, fact sheets, parliamentary records, unpublished sources and interviews with Senator Bob Brown and others from the conservation movement. To read Kara's essay, visit the Education section of our website at www.naa.gov.au. For details about the 2002 winners or the 2003 Challenge, visit the website of the History Teachers' Association of Australia at www.Historyteacher.org.au. history