The Curtin Library holds a number of children’s gift books, keepsakes and annuals published from 1850 to the early 1900s. Object #38 Aunt Louisa’s Keepsake was published in 1868 and is one of the most illustrated. We’ve chosen to highlight the … Continue reading 38. Holiday reading – Aunt Louisa’s Keepsake, 1868.
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.
While working on the Library map collection Library staff discovered this 1842 Map of India, the oldest map in the collection. Geographer to the Crown The map of … Continue reading 35. Map of India by James Wyld, 1842.
Of itself, this letter appears to be fairly inconsequential. Written by Russell Dumas (later Sir Russell), to Alex McCallum, it connects two men who made significant contributions to the development of water resources for the expanding population of Perth and … Continue reading 36. Letter from Dumas to McCallum, Canning Dam, 1936.