Sir Walter Murdoch used the medium of the essay to express a range of opinions, often inciting controversy, but always inviting his audience to engage with the shaping of their country. His commentaries on what he termed “the fallacies of the modern world” still sound fresh after nearly a century, and his thoughts on how Australia might respond to the challenges inherent in widespread violence, war, mass consumption, and mass forced migration feel surprisingly contemporary.
In honour of Sir Walter’s dedication to fostering lively and thoughtful public dialogue, the Walter Murdoch Writing Prize invites young people to engage with contemporary issues and make their voices heard in the public space, through writing.
The competition invites entries from all members of the community, within four age categories. Prizes will be awarded to winners in all categories, and commendations will be given for well-regarded entries.
Presentation of prizes and certificates will take place at St Basil’s on Saturday July 30th, 2016, within a memorial service for Sir Walter. The ceremonial programme commences at 5pm and includes music by an accomplished local choir and Scottish piper, selected readings, a short address, and presentation of prizes and certificates by the Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University. The evening concludes with sparkling refreshments and time to enjoy the winning entries, which will be on display. All winning and commended entries will also be featured on the parish website.