Tie that belonged to Arthur Calwell #2010-0293
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.