Online exploration activity part 3
'Farewell to the PM' & 'The hypothesis re-visited'

Multiple choice quiz & written conclusion

1) In the audio clip taken from his oral history interview, Harry Krantz, a sergeant in the 2nd AIF in 1942, speaks about how troops in Darwin at that time responded to viewing a short documentary film on the prime minister. What does Harry's story tell us about how Australians responded to Curtinís simple lifestyle?

One answer only.
   People didnít care much one way or the other about how Curtin lived.
   People responded warmly to the knowledge that Curtin lived the simple lifestyle that he promoted as part of the austerity campaign.
   People were critical of how Curtin lived because they wanted a prime minister who projected prestige and importance rather than one in touch with the ordinary man in the street.
   People were critical of how Curtin lived because they believed that austerity was for the ordinary people and they prefered their prime minister to live a less restrictive lifestyle.

2) The video clip of John Curtinís funeral contains many images of the funeral procession and graveside ceremony. What evidence does it provide to support the view that a much honoured man was being laid to rest?

One answer only.
   the size of the cortege following the gun carriage bearing Curtinís coffin
   the size of the crowd in the streets and at the cemetery
   the salute from military personnel as the coffin was lowered
   all of the above

3) What evidence is there in the video clip that John Curtinís funeral was a very public event?

One answer only.
   the large number of people lining the streets along which the funeral cortege proceeded
   the use of microphones and loud speakers at the cemetery
   a military band leading the funeral cortege
   all of the above

4) How can you tell that John Curtin was considered to have given his life for his country in time of war?

One answer only.
   His coffin was covered by the Australian flag and military personnel saluted as the coffin was lowered into the grave.
   His funeral was very large with hundreds of people lining the streets to pay their respects.
   There were lots of flowers laid at his graveside.
   The funeral cortege left from his home in Jarrad Street.

5) What has become of John Curtinís home since his death?

One answer only.
   His wife inherited it and it was sold after her death.
   It passed into his sonís hands and is still in the possession of the family.
   The house remained in the familyís possession until it was purchased in 1999 by the Western Australian and Federal Governments.
   none of the above

6) Many tributes to John Curtin were published in the Sunday Times of 8 July 1945. What do these press clippings say about John Curtin as Prime Minister?

One answer only.
   He was a man of the people with the common touch.
   Both ordinary Australians and world leaders thought him a great man.
   Being prime minister didnít change who John Curtin really was.
   all of the above

This test has been created using the CASTLE Toolkit

7) The hypothesis re-visited

Looking and thinking back over your answers, re-visit the hypothesis:

That even as prime minister, John Curtin lived the same humble life as he always had and that this was an inspiration to other ordinary Australians during World War II.

Use the information that you have collected to write a paragraph or two supporting or disputing the hypothesis above. Use the answers to the questions as key words or phrases to guide your writing.


Thank you for taking the time to learn more about John Curtin's Cottesloe home. We hope you have enjoyed the visit.

Visiting John Curtin home page Moving west Early years Accommodating work and family life At home in the war years Farewell to the PM 3D tour of the house Online activities