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
New Years Honour, 1970 Before the creation of the Australian Honours system in 1975, awards under the Imperial Honours System were announced in the New Year’s list and in the Queen’s birthday list. On New Year’s Day 1970, the list … Continue reading 39. Commander of the British Empire medal awarded to Elsie Curtin, 1970
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.
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.