JOHN CURTIN LIKED MATHS  YOU MUST BE
JOKING!
John Curtin was pretty good at everyday maths. How about you?
Task 1: Collecting facts
(HINT: You can follow the link under each question to
see panels from the exhibition and find the dates you need.)
You can write your answers in the boxes provided, then check the answers
when you have finished.
CHECK YOUR ANSWERS TO TASK
1
Task 2: Using the facts
Use the dates above to work out the following mathematical
problems about Curtin's life.
1. How old was John Curtin when
a. Australia became a nation (ie federated)? 
Year of federation 


Year of Curtin's birth 


Answer 

b. he became editor of the Westralian Worker newspaper? 
Year Curtin became editor 


Year of Curtin's birth 


Answer 

c. he first became a Member of Parliament? 
Year Curtin became an MP 


Year of Curtin's birth 


Answer 

d. he became Prime Minister? 
Year Curtin became PM 


Year of Curtin's birth 


Answer 

e. he died? 
Year of Curtin's death 


Year of Curtin's birth 


Answer 

NOTE: Question 2 contains harder questions for maths' whizzes!
2. Use the answers from question 1 to work out the following maths problems.
a. John Curtin spent about a quarter
of his life in Parliament. How many years did he spend in Parliament? 
(Curtin's age at death)/4



Answer 

b. Curtin's home was in Perth for just
over half his life. How many years was this? 
(Curtin's age at death)/2 


Answer 

c. Curtin left school when he was almost
14. What job was he doing when he was 3 times this age? 
3x14 


Year of Curtin's birth 


Year 


Job

CHECK YOUR ANSWERS TO
TASK 2
