On 5 July 1945 Australians awoke to the news that the Prime Minister, John Curtin, had died in the early hours of the morning. The news was not … Continue reading 21. Government Gazette July 5th 1945.
Last month we featured objects John Curtin received before and during his two overseas journeys. Object #20 is another special object that accompanied Curtin during many … Continue reading 20. John Curtin’s Briefcase.
Object #18 Western Australia: an official handbook for the information of commercial men, migrants and tourists, 1925 has been chosen for WA Day June 5th. An Official Handbook The handbook, produced by … Continue reading 18. Western Australia an official handbook, 1925.
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.