Curtin's Gift: Reinterpreting Australia's Greatest Prime Minister

Curtin's Gift: Reinterpreting Australia's Greatest Prime Minister

Curtin's Gift: Reinterpreting Australia's Greatest Prime Minister

Curtin's Gift: Reinterpreting Australia's Greatest Prime Minister

Synopsis

"A fresh and thoughtful look at one of Australia's greatest prime ministers, John Curtin."

Excerpt

Walking home from Parliament after midnight in early March 1942, Clerk of the House of Representatives Frank Green encountered Prime Minister John Curtin pacing the grounds of the Lodge. The Prime Minister's official residence was then adjoined by open fields, so Green would probably have walked up from Parliament House through the scrub that then covered Capital Hill. Australia was at war, but Green was able to step into the grounds of the Lodge and walk around until he found Curtin. For Green to see Curtin in the garden it must have been a moonlit night; Japanese carrier planes had already bombed Darwin and a blackout was enforced even as far south as Canberra. Slit trenches had been dug in the bowling green near Parliament House and Canberra residents had already stocked up on groceries to take into the hills should Japanese invaders reach the national capital.

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