The 2021 Competition is Now Open

Frank MacDonald MM

The Essay Competition

The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize (FMMP) is an essay competition that commemorates and preserves the meaning of the Anzac spirit in the Tasmanian community.

In 2021, the essay competition is open to all Tasmanian students in Year 9 and Year 10 and will be awarded to 12 students, six from each grade.

Prize winners will take part in a study tour that will travel in 2022 to visit sites and landmarks related to Australia’s military history. Students also undertake research into individual soldiers as part of the preparation for the Study Tour.

The FMMP Study Tour will travel to either France and Belgium, or Albany and Darwin, subject to Australian borders, travel clearances and public health advice.

About the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize

The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize was first awarded in 2004 and is an initiative of the Tasmanian Government, supported by RSL Tasmania. The Prize is administered by the Department of Communities Tasmania, with an education component provided by the Department of Education.

The prize recognises World War I veteran, Frank MacDonald, who was born in Ulverstone in 1896, and died in August 2003 at the age of 107.

Frank MacDonald was one of the last of the 40th Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force; the only all-Tasmanian Battalion raised in World War I. He was responsible for repairing signal lines between headquarters and trenches and received the Military Medal for working courageously under heavy fire. He also served in World War II and received the Legion of Honour in 1998.

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