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John Curtin the man

John Curtin: Fairest and best

This online exhibition reflects a current display in the JCPML and tells the story of Curtin’s life from his early days to his time as prime minister.

Diary of a Labour Man: 1917-1945 provides a day by day chronicle of John Curtin’s life from 1917 to 1945. Compiled from information in the Westralian Worker and other sources such as family papers, photographs, government publications and biographies, the diary paints a picture of the life of this remarkable man.

John Curtin: A good sport

Australians are known for their obsession with sport and John Curtin shared this national passion, both as a participant and as a spectator. Images, letters, newspaper cuttings, video and audio clips combine to tell the story of the prime minister well regarded as ‘fairest and best’.

John Curtin: From revolutionary firebrand to journalist in spirit

This online exhibition explores John Curtin’s development as a journalist and his special relationship with the media as prime minister. Photographs, audio clips and selections from Curtin’s own writings bring the story to life. There’s also an online quiz and Mix & Match activity for those who want to test their knowledge.