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Tie that belonged to Arthur Calwell #2010-0293

Black tie.

History

This tie 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 tie is typical of the black ties worn by Calwell every day of his life after the death of his son in 1948. Arthur Andrew (Art) died from leukaemia at the age of 11, which devastated his father. He mourned his son for the rest of his life, but in the view of his biographer, Colin Kiernan, was spurred to redouble his efforts as an activist by the tragedy.

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This tie 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 tie is significant as evidence of the impact Calwell’s son’s death had on his life.

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 60mm
Height 1300mm
Depth 3mm
Medium Polyester
Creator’s name Unknown
Date created Unknown