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Labour Day – Western Australia

“On Monday, Westralian Labor will celebrate its annual festival. What a day!” John Curtin, 30 April 1926. In 1921 observance of May Day as Labour Day replaced the holiday and parades of Eight Hour Day which had previously taken place in October. From 1949 the Labour Day holiday became the first Monday in March. The holiday […]

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John Curtin on Australia Day, 1916

From Katamatite, Australia Day, 1916 “Slept under the canopy of god … and felt life after all was very good” wrote John Curtin on 26 January 1916, in a letter to his future wife Elsie. The 100 year old letter on thin paper is preserved in the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library archives. Like many […]

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January 8th: John Curtin’s birthday

John Curtin was born on this day in 1885 in the Victorian gold mining town of Creswick. Australia’s 14th Prime Minister, Curtin led Australia during World War II from 1941 until his death in office in 1945. Read more about John Curtin’s life on the JCPML website.

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JCPML newsletter: Collection on Historypin

The December 2015 issue of the JCPML Information Update newsletter is now available. In this edition: The Alexander McCallum North West and Kimberleys Tour on Historypin. Details of the Researchers’ Lounge Christmas Display. Announcing the JCPML online memorabilia shop. JCPML holiday opening hours.  

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JCPML merchandise available online

JCPML merchandise including souvenir mugs, teaspoons and pins are now available to purchase at our new online shop. For more information, please see the JCPML memorabilia page.

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2015 JCPML Visiting Scholar

The focus for the 2015 JCPML Visiting Scholar Program is the development of a geolocation project using a social networking site to create an image rich, online resource. The aim of the project is to improve the discovery and the promotion of the “North West Journey” from the McCallum collection. The project will use date […]

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JCPML newsletter: Visiting Scholar

The August 2015 issue of the JCPML Information Update newsletter is now available. In this edition: Details of the 2015 JCPML Visiting Scholar program; A report on the 2015 JCPML Anniversary Lecture; A report on Curtin’s Open Day at the JCPML; A photograph to commemorate 70 years since the end of WWII.

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2015 JCPML Visiting Scholar Program

The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library (JCPML) is seeking applications for the 2015 JCPML Visiting Scholar Program. Project information: The 2015 JCPML Visiting Scholar Program focus is to improve the discovery of the North West and Kimberleys tour records from the McCallum collection. The project aim is the development of an image rich geolocation resource […]

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The Legacy of John Curtin by Mr Peter FitzSimons

The 2015 JCPML Anniversary Lecture was presented by Mr Peter FitzSimons on Monday 27 July. An introduction was given by JCPML Patron, The Honourable Julia Gillard. A link to the lecture ‘The Legacy of John Curtin, Gallipoli and the Eureka Stockade’ is available from the JCPML website. The recording includes a welcome by Vice-Chancellor Deborah […]

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JCPML: Open Day

For the very first time, the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library (JCPML) will be open on Curtin Open Day, Sunday 2 August 2015. Visitors are invited to see treasures from the archives and the Library. John Curtin’s pocket watch, books from his personal library, letters, documents and objects from archival and special collections and rare […]

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