There are a number of useful guides to help researchers access the JCPML collection. The publications provide both biographical information and descriptions of the records.
John Curtin: Guide to archives of Australia’s Prime Ministers
This guide describes records on John and Elsie Curtin held by the National Archives, the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library and other institutions in Australia and overseas. The guide is available for free download via the National Archives of Australia. 251pp, ISBN 1 920807 12 8
Tom Fitzgerald, respected economist and journalist, planned to write a biography of John Curtin but became so enmeshed in his investigations that the work was still in progress when he died in 1993. His research papers provide new and intriguing insights into Curtin the ‘inner man’ as well as Curtin the prime minister. This web resource explores the research papers and the life and work of Tom Fitzgerald.
The State of Western Australia would have been the poorer without Alex McCallum’s contribution in the first four decades of the twentieth century – as a union leader, Cabinet Minister and head of the Agricultural Bank. Alex McCallum was an important mentor, colleague and long-time friend of John Curtin and the McCallum papers provide fascinating insights into this ‘Yeoman of the Labor Guard’, a man of ‘forceful personality and outstanding ability’.
The JCPML holds the papers of Hazel Hawke in line with its collection theme of ‘The Prime Ministership as an Office’. Identifying herself as a West Australian, Hazel Hawke wanted her records to come to a university in her home state. These records document Mrs Hawke’s life before, during and after her time at the prime minister’s Lodge (1983-1991).
View a brief biography of Mrs Hawke and a comprehensive description of the records in the Hazel Hawke Collection.
View the online version of this 2002 exhibition, which brings together important material from the Hazel Hawke Collection with distinguished examples of poster art in Australia. Asked whether she saw herself as a family woman or a career woman, Hazel Hawke answered ‘I don’t classify myself’.