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Inter-Parliamentary Pin that belonged to Arthur Calwell #2010-0262

Gold lapel pin featuring a gold kangaroo on a green boomerang with the inscription ‘I.P.U. CANBERRA, 1966’.


This pin 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 pin was issued to Calwell at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Canberra in 1966. The Inter-Parliamentary Union is an international organisation of parliaments of sovereign states, headquartered in Geneva. Created in 1889 as a meeting of individual parliamentarians, it became the first major international forum for political cooperation, and was instrumental in setting up the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague.

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This pin is significant as part of the Arthur Calwell collection, which is comprised of a selection of objects that belonged to Australia’s first Minister for Immigration (1945-49), Arthur Calwell. The collection is significant as a whole because it tells a story about a leading Commonwealth parliamentarian of the middle decades of the twentieth century and includes highly personal material which tells of Calwell’s family life, his life-long involvement in Labor politics, and his personal religious convictions. The Arthur Calwell collection at the museum uniquely links the personal with the political, thus affording an opportunity to conduct research which tells a rounded story of this important parliamentarian.

This pin is significant as tangible evidence of the international meeting held by the Inter-Parliamentary Union at Canberra in 1966, and attended by Calwell, Leader of the Opposition at the time, and as evidence of the shared interests among democratically elected parliamentarians across the world.


Calwell, Arthur, Be just and fear not, Victoria: Hawthorn, 1972.

Kiernan, Colm, Calwell: a personal and political biography, Melbourne: Thomas Nelson, 1978.

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Width 20mm
Height 43mm
Depth 6mm
Medium Metal
Creator’s name Unknown
Date created Circa 1966