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Medal Celebrating Victory Day and Accompanying Letter that belonged to Arthur Calwell #2010-0283

Circular metal medal attached to a red, blue and white ribbon, accompanied by a single page typed letter from the Prime Minister’s Department to Arthur Calwell.

History

This medal and its accompanying letter 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.

Copies of this medal were presented on Victory Day, 10 June 1946, to all Australian school children. It was designed by Lyndon Dadswell.

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This medal 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.

Although not rare, this medal is significant because it marked the public celebrations of the end of World War II and because of its direct association with Calwell, one of the significant ministers in the wartime governments of John Curtin and Ben Chifley.

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 201mm
Height 254mm
Medium Metal; ribbon; paper
Creator’s name Unknown
Date created Circa 1945 - 1946