and their furnishings can suggest a great deal about the people who inhabit
them. John Curtin's house, which was constructed in 1923 reflected not
only his own financial circumstances and his and his wife's domestic taste,
but also shows us something about the relatively tranquil pace of life
in his adopted city, Perth, and the ideas people had about domestic and
The following interpretation of Curtin's house owes much to recorded family memory and to earlier heritage assessments, but there is also an element of imagination.
Houses change with use, rooms acquire different functions from those first planned and not all changes are documented or accurately recalled, so even such a modest home as 24 Jarrad Street, Cottesloe challenges the historian to produce a reasonable story of its use.
Learn more by trying the Exploration Activity
Published by the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library ©2000
|Moving west: Melbourne to beachside Cottesloe|
|The early years: home for a growing family|
|Accommodating work and family life|
|At home in the war years|
|Farewell to the Prime Minister|
Web design: Sue Grey-Smith and Lesley Wallace with assistance from David Wylie
Education Interactives: Ros Marshall
Acknowledgements: The JCPML thanks Drs Ian and Helen Fairnie and Mr David Waddell for their financial support which has made this project possible.