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Labour Party Cufflinks that belonged to Arthur Calwell #2010-0273

Pair of oval metal cufflinks with red enamel inlay, bearing the words ‘LABOUR PARTY LIBERTY’, in a small red box.

History

These cufflinks are 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.

It is likely, given the spelling ‘Labour’, that these cufflinks were presented to Calwell by the British Labour Party.

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These cufflinks are 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.

These cufflinks are significant as a likely indication of fraternal ties between these two political parties, which have over the years had a strong historical association.

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

Width 50mm
Height 67mm
Depth 14mm
Medium Metal; enamel; cardboard
Creator’s name Unknown
Date created Unknown