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A fresh start

John and Elsie Curtin with their children Elsie and John, 1922 Records of the Curtin family JCPML00004/9

Arrival in Western Australia meant a new beginning for John Curtin.

Marriage, children, the presence of his parents-in-law, and a ‘dry’ family home brought stability into his life.

Party squabbles and former drinking mates were left behind in Melbourne, and a wider acquaintance waited now that he had a new public profile as editor of the Westralian Worker. He threw himself into his work and gained respect in local branches of the ALP and the Australian Journalist Association(AJA), which was politically non-aligned. As the AJA WA branch president he mixed with newspaper proprietors, academics, parliamentarians and journalists, and established lecture programs for journalists at the University of Western Australia.

As Curtin’s political views were modified by this new company his aspirations for socialism became more gradual. He began to appreciate opportunities presented by parliamentary processes, and his isolation from splits in Victorian labour circles did him no harm.


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    1910 Post card of Cottesloe MosmanParkLibrariesCPM00125
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    Fremantle Oval 1927 Fremantle City Library-1917
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    Holman House home of the Westralian Worker Perth 1920 JCPML01137-5
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    John and Elsie Curtin with their children 1922
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    John Curtin with Elise and children outside home in Cottesloe 1942
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    View south from Cottesloe beach
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    View to Rottnest Island Cottesloe beach
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    Watercolour of seaside scene signed AN 1920
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    Watercolour of train by seaside signed AN 1920
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