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Plate that belonged to Arthur Calwell #2010-0268

Small black timber circular plate with coloured geometric carved designs in the centre and around the rim.

History

This plate 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 plate is one of a set of hand-made artefacts presented to Calwell by the post-war Ukrainian community. The post-war migration sponsored by Calwell and both Labor and Liberal governments established a large Ukrainian Australian community which persists today.

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This plate 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 plate is significant as it documents the high regard held for Calwell, the first Minister for Immigration, by members of the Ukrainian immigrant community.

Reference:

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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Details

Depth 23mm
Diameter 205mm
Medium Timber; paint
Creator’s name Unknown
Date created Circa 1949