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A smoker in the house

John Curtin at a garden party for Canberra Hospital Auxilliary, 29 November 1941 Records of the Curtin family JCPML00376/133

The family could always smell the difference when John Curtin was at home. He smoked continuously.

We always had plenty of ashtrays ... all sorts. It’s a wonder we didn’t have them hanging from the ceiling ... he didn’t do the drawback, so it was a pretty waste of good cigarettes.'[16]
John F Curtin 2004 

I know they said the worry about the war killed him, but I think underneath it all was the effects of the smoking ...'[17]
Elsie Macleod 1994-95 

John Curtin - Giving up alcohol
Elsie M Macleod discusses her father John's drinking. 1994-5. JCPML00012/1

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