Sadlier-Stokes Prize: entries now open

For the last 31 years, on Anzac Day (25 April), the Australian Embassy in France has held a ceremony at which three prizes are awarded for projects on the theme of Australia and the First World War or linked to Australian commemorations in France. Anzac Day remembers the Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Great War.

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The ceremony takes place at Villers-Bretonneux, in the Somme, a highly symbolic site for the two countries’ shared history. On 25 April 1918, two Australian soldiers, Lieutenant Clifford Sadlier and Sergeant Charles Stokes, led their troops against the German forces in what would prove a decisive battle in this commune.

For a full presentation of the Sadlier-Stokes Prize, see: Leaflet about the prize - Information sheet

Application pack: to be returned by 13 March 2020 - Contact email:

The Sadlier-Stokes Prize was created by the Australian government in 1989 to give all French schools, from primary to lycée, the opportunity to take part in a remembrance project. Projects can involve all school subjects and all media formats. Following the years of the First World War centenary celebrations, it is important to maintain the momentum around this memory and reward different projects that are able bring it to the fore. The Ministry of the Armed Forces Directorate for Heritage, Remembrance and Archives (DPMA) supports this kind of initiative and is keen to promote the prize-winning projects of the different school classes taking part.

Completed application packs should be returned by 13 March 2020. Full information is available on the website of the Australian Embassy:


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Ministry of the Armed Forces/DPMA/SDMAE/BAPI (Office for Educational Actions and Information) – Text by Thomas Chevalier – Photo credit: Australian Embassy