2018 Premier's Anzac Student Tour

2018 Premier's Anzac Student Tour

The Premier’s Anzac Student Tour travelled to Vietnam in April 2018.

The study tour commemorated a century of service by conducting historical inquiry into Australia's military involvement in the Asia region following World War II, as well the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, and the Battle of Coral-Balmoral.

The tour visited important historical sites including Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau, Long Tan, Hoi An and Hue before attending Anzac Day commemorations in Hanoi. Approximately 60 000 Australian ground troops, air-force and naval personnel served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1972; 521 died as a result of the war, and over 3000 were wounded. 

In Australia, the Vietnam War caused social and political upheaval.

Western Australian students from Years 8 to 11 entered the competition, responding to the prompt, what sustains in adversity, and producing stories of humour, perseverance or resilience.

The 10 student ambassadors for the 2018 Premier's Anzac Student Tour each engaged in a historical inquiry process where they focused on Strife and Struggle during the Vietnam War.


Indigo Bew
Albany Senior High School

Lieutenant Barbara Frances Black



Megan McDougall
Denmark Senior High School

John Gorton



Vy Nguyen
Kalamunda Senior High School

Nguyen Van Thieu



Olivia Darby-Jones
Manjimup Senior High School

Ho Chi Minh



Madeline Gardiner
Mercedes College

Major Harry Smith



Shaun Hoskisson
Mindarie Senior College

Richard M. Nixon



Darcy Roche
Manjimup Senior High School
previously Pemberton District High School

Vo Nguyen Giap



Aryan Singh
Perth Modern School

Robert Menzies



Verity Hagan
Rossmoyne Senior High School

Graham Edwards


Hilary Andrews
St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls

Lyndon B. Johnson


Ms Samantha Boswell
Tour Coordinator, Statewide Services Centre



Mr Tony Granich
Deputy Principal, Hampton Senior High School


Ms Jennifer Lumia
Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Governor Stirling Senior High School

The 2018 Premier's Anzac Student Tour competition is now finalised.

State finalist panel interviews were conducted 5-6 October  2017.  The announcement of ten successful students was made on Saturday 11 November 2017.

Student entries

Students were required to prepare an extended written response of no more than 1000 words on the following topic:

Which important attribute sustains in adversity?

With close reference to Australia’s historical involvement in international conflict, explore a lesser-known or surprising story of humour, perseverance or resilience. Consider the impact of conflict either on Western Australian families, communities or individuals and, most importantly, on the expectations and attitudes of young people your age.

Who is eligible?

Schools conducted their own selection process and could nominate up to three students in each of the three categories of Years 8/9, Year 10 and Year 11. Students entering needed to display:

  • a genuine interest in the Anzac experience
  • an appreciation of the study of history
  • excellent interpersonal skills and self-confidence
  • a willingness to share their tour experiences (if selected) in their school and local community.

To be eligible, all entrants required a nominating teacher and endorsement by the principal to confirm their suitability to represent their school, community and the State as a youth ambassador on the Premier’s Anzac Student Tour 2018.


Submitted entries were judged by selection panels.  Applications closed Friday 11 August 2017.

Follow the journey

Follow the journey