Curtin Family Home – Cottesloe

Stay the week in a Prime Minister’s house.

This former home of Australian Prime Minister John Curtin is located in the beachside suburb of Cottesloe and is available for short and long term rent. Relax and unwind in this comfortable home with family or friends close to the beach and a range of seaside amenities.

John Curtin, wartime Prime Minister of Australia, and his wife Elsie built this house in 1923. Over the next seventy-five years, four generations of the Curtin family lived here.

The house underwent major conservation and interpretation works  in 2010 including restoration of the garden. Inside you will find fascinating information on the day to day lives of John, Elsie, their children and even their dog, Kip! If you want to know more, read the Curtin Family Home booklet or let ‘Elsie’ tell her story through an audio tour of the house.

This National Trust project provided an exciting opportunity to focus on what is an often neglected part of the John Curtin story – the importance of his home life to the success of his Prime Ministership. The unassuming nature of the Jarrad Street house reflects the nature of the man and his family and helps explain his political convictions and directions for the nation during the Second World War.

The property has been in the care of the National Trust since 2002 and is one of only four former prime ministers’ homes that are in public ownership.

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“What a historical experience! We would listen to the audio guide as we had breakfast in the dining room or whatever respective activity in the respective room. The House is in a great location, nearby beach and lovely shops and cafes nearby. The House is well equipped with anything you need. I would highly recommend and stay again” Karen, March 2023

“The most important residential property in Cottesloe!” Richard, November 2022

“This is how preserving history should be done. The house has been excellently presented; the location is great and the John & Elsie Curtin’s life in the house has been portrayed excellently.” Frederick, September 2022

“This house is a real find – great location close to beach and shops, clean and spacious with extremely comfortable beds. We will be back.” Jacinta, September 2022

“A true treat to quarantine in this residence, a glimpse of how simple life can be, and how complete and energy hungry we have become. A wonderful house we hope to return to.” Family Hale, February 2022

“Inspiring aftermath pondering the decision making of WA’s only Prime Minister,” Damien, September 2021

“Thank you for a lovely stay. it inspired me to look more into the history of John Curtin’s Prime Ministership. A very interesting period.” Luke, May 2021

“We absolutely loved our time staying in the Curtin family home. It was an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to experience Australian history in such a hands-on way and a wonderful opportunity for our children to learn more about our country’s history and the lives of PM Curtin and his family. The home is beautifully appointed and very comfortable. The location is fantastic and the large fenced grounds make for an easy stay with children. But a stay here is unlike any other because it is such a uniquely important destination. I cannot recommend it highly enough for those who want a very special Cottlesloe experience.” Emilie, December 2020

“Thanks for having us in such a beautiful place. Our little ones had an amazing time in the backyard. You cannot beat the location of this home, so close to the beach and Cottesloe café strip. Outstanding place to visit.” Kerby, December 2020

Interested in learning more about John Curtin?

Our annual Curtin Family Home Lecture allows us to reflect on the times of John Curtin, so we can better understand his philosophical and practical approach to life.

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