Photo: A defence minute paper stamped with ‘MOST SECRET’ that details the decision made by the Australian Cabinet, including who would be interned ‘in the event of War with Japan’. (National Archives of Australia)

Nikkei Australian stories are featured in a new online resource about Japanese wartime internment developed by the National Archives of Australia (NAA).

This resource is aimed at high school students (Years 9-12), and features documents from Nikkei Australia member Andrew Hasegawa’s family history as well as the Ide and Takasuka families.

Nikkei Australia members, primarily Sophie Constable, assisted the NAA in developing this resource as part of the annual National History Challenge. This is an Australian research-based school competition that has been running for 30 years, inviting school aged students to research a particular theme in history. This year’s theme is ‘Crisis and Response’.

The National History Challenge attracts up to 8000 submissions annually, ranging from essays to 3D models to videos, all competing for prizes up to $500 and a trip to Canberra. Submissions close 24 August 2024.

Natalie Darby (NAA) and Sophie Constable (Nikkei Australia) at the launch of the National History Challenge 2024, National Archives of Australia, Canberra (Photo supplied by Sophie Constable)

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