Winners and Selected Entries

The Winners

Primary division winner: Matilda Jenkins, Wanniassa, age 11

Matilda’s entry vividly portrays the toughness demonstrated by her ancestors on a remote cattle station in Queensland. Matilda feels that this resilience forms an important part of her cultural inheritance. Read Matilda’s story.


Junior division winner: Ananya Ravi, Franklin, age 13

Ananya’s entry traces the broad sweep of India’s colonial and postcolonial history as experienced – and shared with her – by her parents and grandparents, concluding on a note of bright optimism. Read Ananya’s poem.


Senior division winner: Eden Sellick, Dunlop, age 17

Eden’s well-researched entry richly recreates an important day in the life of one of her Italian ancestors and subtly introduces the combination of excitement and fear that often accompanies migration and the forging of multiple cultural identities. Read Eden’s poem.