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Easter close down

The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library will be closed from Friday 18 April to Friday 25 April 2014 for Easter and ANZAC Day.
Normal hours resume from Monday 28 April 2014.

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Curtin biography wins national literary award

Bob Wurth’s historic biography The Battle for Australia has won first prize for the non-fiction in national literary awards sponsored by the Fellowship of Australian Writers. The JCPML hosted the national launch of the book in November 2013 for Bob Wurth, a former JCPML Visiting Scholar.

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2014 Visiting Scholar lecture

You are invited to attend our 2014 JCPML Visiting Scholar Lecture on Wednesday 30 April.
Dr Toby Davidson, great-grandson of Prime Minister John Curtin and an Australian poetry researcher, editor and lecturer at Macquarie University, will present the lecture, entitled Good for the soul: John Curtin’s life with poetry.
Poetry has played an important role in the [...]

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March newsletter available

The March 2014 edition of the JCPML Information Update newsletter is now available. This month’s edition covers:

2013-2014 JCML Visiting Scholar Lecture by Dr Toby Davidson, great grandson of John Curtin
The launch of Bob Wurth’s book The Battle for Australia
The JCPML education program and farewell to our education officer
WA Premier’s Award for John Curtin play
Oral histories [...]

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JCPML Education Resources

New additional online resources such as the Digital Treasure Box and the secondary school resources for interpreting sources and writing history essays have been developed by the JCPML.

The physical Treasure Boxes are available for loan using the booking form.
If you have any queries please contact Deanne Barrett, Manager Research Services by phone 9266 7549 or [...]

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129 years ago on this day…

Jan 8th 1885 John Curtin was born in Creswick, Victoria, the year Australians went to war for the first time fighting for Britain in the Sudan, the first woman was admitted as a medical student to the University of Sydney, and the Australian Workers Union was founded. To read a biography of John Curtin go to http://john.curtin.edu.au/resources/

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JCPML Christmas closedown

The JCPML will be closed from Tuesday 24 December 2013 to Wednesday 1 January 2014 inclusive and will reopen at 9.00am Thursday 2 January 2014.
Library services may be delayed during this period.

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2013 Visiting Scholar

Poetry has played an important role in the life of Prime Minister John Curtin and members of his family. The 2013 JCPML Visiting Scholar, Dr Toby Davidson, has commenced researching the relationship between John Curtin and poetry and the interviews conducted with John Curtin regarding his love of poetry. He will identify what [...]

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What would John Curtin think of today’s ALP?

The Curtin Family Home Lecture for 2013 will be presented by Michelle Grattan AO on the topic of Modern Labor: What would John Curtin think?
The Labor Party John Curtin led through some of the most difficult days of Australia’s history is vastly different to the modern machine caught up in the fast paced media cycle [...]

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National book launch invitation

The Battle for Australia, a nation and its leader under siege, documents the depression and anxiety felt by Prime Minister John Curtin throughout the war, including his sudden decision to abandon defence headquarters in Melbourne and take a slow train across the Nullabor back to Perth as an invasion fleet approached Australian territory in New [...]

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