15. John Curtin’s Pocket Watch.

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.”

13. The Messiah: A Sacred Oratorio in Vocal Score composed by G.F. Handel.

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.”

2. January 8th, the birthday of John Curtin, Australia’s 14th Prime Minister

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