The Stones of Venice: Sea Stories Through the course of the 50 Objects project we have explored hidden links and untold stories in the library special collections. There were many items we could have chosen as object #50, but in the end, … Continue reading 50. The Stones of Venice: Sea Stories, by John Ruskin, 1907.
From the Australian Front, 1917 When From the Australian Front was published in 1917, General Birdwood wrote in the introduction – At Christmas, two years ago, … we were presented with an excellent production in the form of the “Anzac … Continue reading 49. From the Australian Front, Xmas 1917.
The Camp Some of the final objects selected for these blogs feature books that were part of John Curtin’s private library. Curtin loved reading, and loved libraries. He began buying books in his early working life, and borrowed from several libraries. Books … Continue reading 47. The Camp, by Vance Palmer, 1920 and letters from Katharine Susannah Prichard.
In 1918 during the final months of World War I, while John Curtin campaigned for peace and an end to the war, Fred McLaughlin was serving with the Australian forces in the last battles they would see in France. Object #46 is the dress set of Military and Service Medals (JCPML00372/1) awarded to Fred, … Continue reading 46. Fred McLaughlin’s Medals, 1918-1937
Filed between a letter and a pamphlet, Object 45, the W.S Form 8 Citizens Forces of the Commonwealth, is the call up notice requiring John Curtin to … Continue reading 45. John Curtin’s Call up Notice – W.S Form 8 Order to Attend Military Training, 1916.
Ministerial Press Cutting Albums Library Special Collections holds the records of Prime Minister John Curtin, and also the records of several other West Australian politicians, including Premiers (Carmen Lawrence and … Continue reading 44. Minister McCallum’s Press Cutting Album, 1924-1928.
Inspired by the royal wedding in this month of May we took a look at all things royal in the collections. There are no royal wedding invitations … Continue reading 43. Royal Invitation, State Banquet, 1920.
Twenty years ago on February 20th, 1998 the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library first opened its doors to the public. Built as part of the John Curtin Centre project, this was the first prime ministerial library to be opened in … Continue reading 42. Ground breaking spades, John Curtin Centre Project, 1994
Australia Day, January 26th 1916. When John Curtin wrote this Australia Day letter to his future wife, Elsie Needham, he had spent the previous night at the small Victorian … Continue reading 40. Australia Day Letter from John Curtin to Elsie, 1916