Prime Minister John Curtin and Treasurer Ben Chifley, ca 1945

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Artist

Peter Corlett, OAM

Medium

Bronze

District

Parliamentary Triangle

Commissioned

2011

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This sculpture recreates an iconic photograph of John Curtin (1885-1945), Australia’s fourteenth Prime Minister (1941-45), and Treasurer Joseph Benedict (Ben) Chifley (1885-1951), who would become Australia’s sixteenth Prime Minister (1945-49). Curtin and Chifley routinely walked along this route to the Provisional (Old) Parliament House from the nearby Kurrajong Hotel - where Labor Members of Parliament generally stayed, while Parliament was sitting. Curtin and Chifley are two of Australia’s most respected Prime Ministers and they were strong supporters of the development of Canberra as the nation’s capital.

Peter Corlett, OAM
Prime Minister John Curtin and Treasurer Ben Chifley, ca 1945, 2011
Bronze
Walpole Crescent, Barton