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Memento : Issue 28
Summer--Autumn 2005 MEMENTO 3 peace in wartime from invasion by the Japanese have become the stuff of legend. His actions in 1942--43 signalled a fundamental shift in the way Australians regarded themselves and their country. Australia began, under Curtin's guidance, to become more self- reliant and more capable of defending itself -- a nation rather than a vassal state of Great Britain. Curtin's vision for the postwar future of Australia was of a nation capable of resolving problems of unemployment and social inequity, and meeting the great challenges of a changing world. Cooperative and inclusionist in his beliefs, Curtin's legacy rests not only in his nation's survival during World War II, but also in its growth and stability in the years of peace that followed the end of hostilities. The records about John Curtin, his wife Elsie, their lives and the perils of wartime are described brilliantly in this latest guide, which will be a valuable research tool for all students of Australian history. John Curtin: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers retails for $19.95. It can be purchased through our website at ww w.naa.gov.au, by phoning (02) 6212 3609 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (above left opposite) Prime Minister John Curtin, 1944. NAA: A5954, 661/12 (above left) Prime Minister John Curtin shaking hands with General Douglas MacArthur, Sydney, 8 June 1943. JCPML00376/69 (above right) The Curtin family, 1938. JCPML00376/18 (left) John Curtin wrote 'Have Ye Answered O My People' on the front of this postcard of crowds at an anti- conscription rally, 21 October 1916. On the back he noted, 'Not a bad crowd to bang at'. JCPML00687/15/7 His actions in 1942--43 signalled a fundamental shift in the way Australians regarded themselves and their country