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National Trust events at Curtin home

The National Trust has organised several events at the Curtin Family Home between Wednesday 10 September and Saturday 13 September, 2014. You can enjoy a guided tour with morning or afternoon tea and hear excerpts from John and Elsie’s letters or attend an Open Day to explore the home at your leisure. Please see the […]

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JCPML Visiting Scholar for 2014

Dr Deborah Gare has been appointed the 2014 JCPML Visiting Scholar. Deborah is an Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Australia, School of Arts and Sciences, where she leads the History program in Fremantle. Dr Gare will conduct her research at the JCPML during August and will explore a broad range of social […]

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Dr Toby Davidson delivers JCPML lecture

The 2013-2014 JCPML Visiting Scholar Lecture was delivered by Dr Toby Davidson on Wednesday 30 April 2014. You can find out more about the lecture and link to a transcript of the lecture, entitled Good for the Soul: John Curtin’s Life with Poetry, by clicking here.

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Call for John Curtin Medal nominations

The John Curtin Medal is awarded by Curtin University to those in the external community who have made a significant contribution in their chosen field and who display qualities associated with John Curtin, such as vision, leadership and community service. The Medal is presented annually as part of the October 7 commemoration of John Curtin’s […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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 poetry was […]

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