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Staying on

Elsie Curtin aged 79, 1960 Records of the Curtin family JCPML00004/38

A new generation of the Curtin family grew up in Cottesloe after the war. 

Elsie Curtin, who gave the family home to her daughter Elsie Macleod, lived there with Elsie, her son-in-law Stan, and her granddaughter Beverley until shortly before her death in 1975. The Macleods enclosed the front verandah outside the main bedroom, extended the dining room onto the side verandah, and added an inside toilet and garage during the more affluent post-war period. John F Curtin, his wife Catherine and their children John and Barbara lived in a house over the road (now demolished),

Elsie Macleod remained in the house until 1998, when it was sold to the Australian and Western Australian governments and jointly vested in Curtin University of Technology and the National Trust of Australia (WA).

Next: A prime minister's home

Learn more: The National Trust of Australia(WA): caring for the place

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    Cigarette box presented to John Curtin by Westralian Worker staff 1928
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    Curtin family in the lounge at their Cottesloe house 1937
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    Elsie Curtin and daughter Elsie hear John Curtin is Prime Minister 1941
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    Elsie Curtin at home 1945
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    John Curtin at a garden party for Canberra Hospital Auxilliary 1941
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    The kitchen 1998
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    The lounge 1998
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    The lounge and extension 1998
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    The sleep out 1998
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