Box that belonged to Arthur Calwell #2010-0277
Circular Ukrainian timber box with lid; box is painted black and has colourful geometric patterns in the centre of the lid and around the sides of the base.
This box 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 box is one of a set of hand-made artefacts presented to Arthur 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.