This temporary exhibition was officially opened by Lieutenant Colonel Herman Verhoef, Defence Attache from the Australian Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 28 February 2012.
The bombing of Broome, Wyndham and Darwin formed the first ‘physical contact of war within Australia’ according to Prime Minister John Curtin. Even more poignant, the majority of casualties included widows and orphans of the Java Sea Battle, evacuees from the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia) to Australia on that fateful March morning as Broome was bombed.
This travelling exhibition showcased the research of JCPML Visiting Scholar Bob Wurth of the unusual, sometimes secretive, personal relationships that developed in 1941-42 between Australia’s three prime ministers of that period – Robert Menzies, Arthur Fadden and John Curtin – and the new Japanese envoy to Australia, Tatsuo Kawai.
This Australian War Memorial travelling exhibition hosted by the JCPML used personal stories, film footage, photographs and displays of original relics to tell the story of the home front in the period when Australia was under attack in World War Two.
February 2005 to December 2007
This major JCPML exhibition was officially opened by the Governor of Western Australia, His Excellency Lieutenant General John Sanderson, AC, on 14 February 2005.
This exhibition explores Australia’s growing independence in the realm of foreign policy from 1935 to 1950.
This Old Parliament House travelling exhibition hosted by the JCPML celebrated the work of John Frith, one of Australia’s most influential cartoonists of the 20th century.
September 2002 to December 2004
This exhibition follows Australia’s progress from 1942, the most critical year of the war, when Prime Minister Curtin ‘looked to America’ for help, until 1951 when the ANZUS Treaty was signed. It explores the Curtin Government’s initiatives in areas including the economy, immigration and foreign policy and how these developed in the postwar years to form the foundations of modern Australia.
This Australian War Memorial travelling exhibition hosted by the JCPML explored the career of General Blamey.
October 2000 to August 2002
In following the development of John Curtin’s political thinking and career, this exhibition traces the development of Australia to full adulthood – to the moment when Australia had to stand apart from Britain and defend its own soil.
This exhibition from the Douglas MacArthur Memorial Library and Archives, hosted by the JCPML, dramatically portrays the story of Japan’s recovery from total defeat following World War II. The 29 photographs, taken by Nicholas A Orzio between 1948-49, provide a glimpse into the poverty, destruction, apprehension, reforms, tradition, love and dreams of a nation and people who were looking towards new beginnings.