Curtin strongly believed 'the peace must be won for the masses; the workers; the producers; the soldiers.' (1) Idealistic but not naive, Curtin was a 'sensible, talented and practical professional politician with a clear and instinctive grasp of the ways of power' (2). Using his skills and political savvy he managed to convert the challenge of a wartime prime ministership into an opportunity to realize many of his lifelong aspirations and turned a potentially disastrous situation into a legacy of social and economic achievement for all Australians.
'Taken over' cartoon by John Frith,
published in the Bulletin on 8 October 1941. The two previous
Australian prime ministers, Robert Menzies and Arthur Fadden, greet
the new proprietor of Australia and Co, John Curtin, exchanging 'V
for Victory' signs.