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.”
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
We’ve been searching the stacks shelves, looking in boxes, and checking the catalogue to find items that may have been lying unnoticed for some time. This … Continue reading 11. Le Deche di T. Livio Padovano delle historie romane.
Small, but perfectly formed, this miniature copy of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is the smallest book in the Curtin Library collections. Measuring 51mm x 36mm, and … Continue reading 10. The Miniature Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.
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.