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Photograph of Dr Mary Elizabeth Calwell that belonged to Arthur Calwell #2010-0274

Black and white photograph in a white and gold metal frame with stand. Photograph is of Arthur Calwell’s daughter, Mary Elizabeth Calwell.

History

This photograph 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 photograph is of the donor of this collection, Mary Elizabeth. Mary Elizabeth was Calwell’s daughter by his second wife, Elizabeth Marren Calwell.

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This photograph 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 photograph is significant as one of four framed items kept by Calwell on his desk for much of his working life as an MP, three of them being family photos.

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 94mm
Height 114mm
Depth 10mm
Medium Gelatin silver photograph; metal; glass
Creator’s name Unknown
Date created Unknown