Earlier this month we featured object #15 John Curtin’s gold pocket watch, given to Curtin before his first overseas journey in 1924. We’ve chosen another shiny thing … Continue reading 17. Freedom Casket and Illuminated Address, 1944.
In 1924 John Curtin set sail on his first overseas journey, to attend the 6th International Labor Conference held in Geneva. Shortly before his departure on May 19th, Curtin was presented with this gold pocket watch by J Willcock, Minister for Railways, on behalf of the State Executive of the ALP, the Parliamentary Labor Party, and the Westralian Worker as a farewell gift. Continue reading “15. John Curtin’s Pocket Watch.”
Handel’s Messiah is most frequently associated with Christmas, but this popular English oratorio was originally performed in the weeks before Easter. This copy of the music score belonged to Elsie Curtin, wife of Prime Minister John Curtin. Inside the front cover Elsie listed performances of Messiah and other choral works in which she sang. Most of these performances were held in the weeks before Christmas, with a few before Easter and other times, from 1909 until 1926. Continue reading “13. The Messiah: A Sacred Oratorio in Vocal Score composed by G.F. Handel.”
Among the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library collections are a number of objects created to mark significant days and events. Many of these are decorative and have no practical purpose, but … Continue reading 12. Inkstand presented to Alex McCallum
The World’s Greatest Shave held in March raises funds for research and support to families facing blood cancer. In this 50th year for Curtin and WAIT, the University … Continue reading 9. Open Razors and a Great Shave.
The Westralian Worker was a union newspaper first published in Kalgoorlie in 1900, ‘A Journal devoted to the interests of Trades Unionism, Co-operation, and Labour in Politics’ … Continue reading 8. The Westralian Worker – a doughty champion.
Measuring 580 x 450 x 150mm, with more than 1500 pages, this is one of the heaviest items in the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library collection and requires two … Continue reading 6. People’s Printing and Publishing Company of WA Shareholders Register
This week’s object is a photograph chosen for the birthday of the University’s namesake, Prime Minister John Curtin. John Joseph Ambrose Curtin was born on January 8th, 1885 in Creswick, Victoria, the first child of … Continue reading 2. January 8th, the birthday of John Curtin, Australia’s 14th Prime Minister