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.