At his first Christmas as Prime Minister, John Curtin was to spend the holiday in Canberra while Elsie was with the family at home in Western Australia. Object #37 is the telegram sent by John to Elsie during this first war time Christmas … Continue reading 37. Christmas Telegram, 1941.
Many objects in our Special Collections contain a single record of a significant event. The inscription in the Bible, Object 32, records one of the most significant events in the life of John … Continue reading 32. Bible used at appointment of Prime Minister John Curtin, 1941
Object #30 is one of the first items received early in the history of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, the carved walking stick given to John Curtin … Continue reading 30. Carved walking stick, 1942.
In September of 1971, three years after the commencement of students at the Bentley campus, the WAIT library building named in honour of Dr Thomas Logan (Blue) Robertson was completed. … Continue reading 29. Bust of Dr Thomas Logan Robertson, 1972.
John Curtin delivered numerous speeches during his working life and political career. Many of these were to live audiences with only a small number recorded for broadcast on radio … Continue reading 22. Gramophone discs – John Curtin’s speeches, 1938 – 1944.
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.
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.”