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image icon Elsie Milda Curtin, 1942

Elsie Milda Curtin, 1942
John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library


This is a black-and-white, portrait-style photograph taken in 1942 of Elsie Milda Curtin, daughter of Prime Minister John Curtin.

Educational value

This resource is useful because it:

  • This asset illustrates the style of clothing worn by young women during the Second World War - Elsie Curtin is wearing a collared summer suit decorated with a lace-like pattern, dark gloves and a small hat trimmed with bows and netting; a brooch is pinned to her bodice.
  • This asset shows Elsie Milda Curtin at about 24 years of age - daughter of John Curtin, Australian Prime Minister from 1941 to 1945, Elsie was the elder of John Curtin's two children and lived in the family home in Cottesloe while working as a stenographer at the Civil Engineering Branch of the Western Australian Government Railways Department; she saw little of her father in those years, as his work kept him in Canberra and the eastern states, but father and daughter shared a deep affection and Elsie visited her father in Canberra early in 1942; she did not see him again until late 1944 in Melbourne after he was hospitalised following a heart attack; Elsie visited him each day until he was discharged and then travelled with him in the prime ministerial car to Canberra, remaining at The Lodge until her mother arrived; Curtin died in July 1945.