Cushion that belonged to Arthur Calwell #2010-0254
Handmade Ukrainian cushion with multicoloured woven tapestry front and burgundy backing with GIFT from thankful Ukrainians embroidered in yellow thread.
This cushion is part of a collection of objects that belonged to Arthur Calwell, Australia’s first Minister for Immigration (1945-49) that were donated to the museum by his daughter, Dr Mary Elizabeth Calwell.
This cushion was made by members in the immigrant Ukrainian community and presented to Calwell at the Bathurst Reception Centre on 19th September, 1948. This cushion attests to the high regard held for Calwell in the immigrant Ukrainian community, one of the most numerous groups of Displaced Persons admitted to Australia in the post-war period under his widening of the sources of Australian immigration. The post-war migration sponsored by Calwell and continued by the coalition government after 1949 established a large Ukrainian Australian community which persists today.