Curtin Family Home Lecture 2022: John Curtin’s use of Poetry in Australia’s Darkest Hour

Join us for this special Lotterywest Heritage Conversation to hear Dr Toby Davidson present John Curtin's use of Poetry in Australia's Darkest Hour

Join us for the first in our new series of Lotterywest Heritage Conversations for the launch of Dr Toby Davidson’s book.

We’ll hear how important poetry was to John Curtin and the ‘mental relief’ it provided as he faced the challenges of prime ministership during the Second World War.

Dr Toby Davidson is a poet and poetry researcher based at Macquarie University, Sydney. He was the 2013–14 John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library Visiting Scholar and this gave rise to his recent biography Good for the Soul: John Curtin’s Life with Poetry (University of Western Australia Press).

Originally from Cottesloe, Toby is also a direct descendant of John and Elsie Curtin.

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia, will introduce Toby and the event is hosted by Josh Wilson MP, Member for Fremantle.

The Curtin Family Home Lecture series is an annual event and part of the National Trust’s Lotterywest Heritage Conversations program.

Please arrive at 5.45 pm for a 6.00 pm start.

Copies of Toby’s biography, Good for the Soul: John Curtin’s Life with Poetry, will be available to purchase on the night (EFTPOS only).

Ticket options

Due to COVID restrictions we have limited space available for refreshments after the lecture and these tickets have now sold out. However, you can still buy tickets for the lecture only (6.00–7.00 pm).

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If you have any access requirements that we should be aware of, please let us know during the registration process or get in touch with National Trust of Western Australia via phone (08) 9321 6088 or email

Proudly supported by Lotterywest and hosted by The Grove Library

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