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 19 Technological Survey of the Golden Mile is from the Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) Kalgoorlie Library collection, chosen by librarian Teresa Bennett. The Technological Survey was produced in … Continue reading 19. Technological Survey of the Golden Mile.
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.
Curtin University Library holds an interesting collection of geological, geophysical and topographic maps covering areas of Western Australia and other Australian states and territories, as well … Continue reading 16. Geological sketch map of Western Australia 1894.
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.”
The journal of Captain James Cook’s first voyage around the world is one of the treasures of the National Library of Australia. It records the journey that took more than three … Continue reading 14. Captain Cook’s journal of his first voyage around the world, a literal transcription of the original manuscript.
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.”