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Politics & government

The Library holds unique collections of political archives including the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library archive. Many of the collections relate to Western Australian politicians, both state and federal.

John Curtin Prime Ministerial Archive

John Curtin sits at a desk writing and reading documents

Our flagship collection is the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Archive, recognising the contribution to Australian society of war-time prime minister and international statesman, John Curtin (1885-1945).

The primary focus of the collection is John Curtin’s life and times. This is an extensive collection including personal records of the Curtin family, books from the Curtin family library, photographs, objects, oral histories, film and sound recordings, the records of organisations and copies of unpublished official records. Much of the collection has been digitised and these items are available on the catalogue.

Other politics collections