Each year the Forbes Society conducts an essay competition for secondary and university students. The competition offers an opportunity to explore a question of Australian legal history and aims to encourage students to develop a facility for describing historical events and recognising their place in broader themes. The winners of the 2016 competition were:
Daniel McKay (in the tertiary student category) for an essay titled, “Under the Crown: Evolving Interpretations of the Office of Australian Governor-General as Constitutional Link to the British Empire, 1890-1931”; and Kyung Suh Park (in the junior secondary category) for an essay that explored the life and legacy of Thomas Jeffries.
Entries close on 11 December 2017. Details of the 2017 competition can be found on the Forbes Society’s website. We encourage members to pass on this information to any students who might be interested in entering the competition.