At home in the war years
Illuminated address conferring John Curtin with the Freedom of the City of London. This honour was bestowed on the Prime Minister when he attended the Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference in the United Kingdom in May 1944.

JCPML. Records of John Curtin. Silver box and illuminated address conferring Freedom of the City of London, 10th May 1944. Engraved. JCPML00287/2

The address reads:
'The Right Honourable John Curtin, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Commonwealth of Australia and a citizen of London, was admitted into the Freedom aforesaid and made the Declaration required by Law in the Mayoralty of Sir Frank Edwin Newson-Smith, Knt, Mayor, and Anthony Frederick Ingham Pickford, Esquire, Vice Chamberlain, and is entered in the book signed with the Letter N.2. relating to the Purchasing of Freedoms and the Admissions of Freemen [to wit] the 10th day of May in the 8the year of the reign of King George VI and in the Year of our Lord 1944.

IN WITNESS whereof the Seal of the Office of Chamberlain of the said City is hereunto affixed, Dated in the Chamber of the Guildhall of the same City the day and Year abovesaid.'

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