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800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta


King John Signing the Magna Carta

ESU Global Magna Carta Essay Competition – Award Ceremonies for Australian Winners.  The presentation to the Junior Winner, Ella McEvoy from Genazzano College, Kew, took place on Friday 21st August 2015, at ESU House in South Yarra.  Ella was officially presented with her Award by Mr Gareth Hoar, British Consul General. The Senior Winner, Jack Donnelly from Marist College, Ashgrove, Queensland, was presented with his award at ESU House, Milton, by Senator George Brandis in September 2015.

My Magna Carta Grand Final Dartmouth House

Dartmouth House has announced the overall winners of the My Magna Carta international creative writing competition, following the grand final on Thursday 15 October 2015. Thirteen finalists from all corners of the globe presented their entries to an invited audience, leaving the judging panel with a very tough decision. Judges and audience members alike were overwhelmed by the quality of each presentation.

Jane Josefowicz, from the USA, won the overall Junior prize and Mfundo Radebe, from South Africa, won the overall Senior prize. Jane and Mfundo each received a certificate and a manuscript of their winning entry, published on parchment thanks to William Cowley. Marie Georgette Spiteri, from Malta, was awarded a special commendation in the junior category, and Sofija Jovanovic, from Serbia, won a special commendation in the senior category. All of the finalists enjoyed a full week in London, with cultural activities, public speaking training and opportunities to exchange ideas and make new friends.

The judging panel consisted of [Chair] Professor Kate Williams (author, historian, broadcaster and lecturer at Royal Holloway), Professor Sir Robert Worcester (Chair of Magna Carta 800th Committee and former ESU Governor), Professor Justin Champion (Professor of the History of Ideas, President of the Historical Association and advisor to the 2015 Magna Carta Exhibition) and Professor James Raven (Deputy Chairman of the ESU, Fellow of Magdalene College University of Cambridge and Professor of Modern History The University of Essex.

“I believe that young people are still inspired by the Magna Carta because they want to make a better world…they want to increase equality and diversity”

Professor Kate Williams (Chair)

My Magna Carta was run in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London. The ESU is grateful to the Magna Carta 800th Committee for its funding.

Magna Carta Medallion:  The President of our ACT Branch, Mr Martin Hess, had medallions minted to commemorate the 800th Anniversary. If you would like to purchase, kindly contact the office and indicate the number required.  

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