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Memento : Issue 19
History 8 memento january 2002 W e're delighted to again be a sponsor in the National History Challenge for school students (years 5 --12). The History Challenge gives students a chance to be a prize-winning historian by investigating their community and exploring their own past. 'Journeys and voyages' in Australian history is the theme of the 2002 Challenge. Students can submit their research, individually or collectively, as a research paper, three-dimensional museum display, performance or multimedia presentation. Every year we sponsor a special category 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 Samantha Goyen, a year 7 student of Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney. Samantha wrote about her great-great-great grandfather Samuel Sowden, whose biography makes an enthralling story titled 'From ruin to respectability'. Drawing on official sources such as certificates of birth, marriage and freedom as well as genealogical indexes, government gazettes and Supreme Court documents, Samantha trawled State Records NSW, family archives and published diaries spanning the 1820s to the 1890s to produce her award-winning entry. For details about the 2001 winners or the 2002 Challenge, visit the website of the History Teachers' Association of Australia at www.historyteacher.org.au. Samantha Goyen, last year's national winner of our National Histor y Challenge prize. Susan Burke from the Balmain Hospital Archives receives a Community Heritage Grant from the Minister for the Arts and Centenary of Federation, the Honourable Peter McGauran. History rools! Our winners and grinners The 2001 Community Heritage Grants winners were presented with their grants by the Minister for the Arts and Centenary of Federation, the Honourable Peter McGauran at the National Library of Australia last October. The grants are a joint initiative of the National Archives, the National Library and the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. They provide financial support up to $8,000 for preservation projects by community organisations. Local historical societies, public libraries, local archives, and Indigenous and ethnic groups are able to care for their collections as a result of the financial assistance this scheme provides. In the 2001 round there were 199 applicants, 45 of which were successful. For information about this year's grants, contact Ted Ling on (02) 6212 3936.