Elsie Curtin fulfilled her important role as the wife of Australia’s war time Prime Minister, John Curtin, as a stay-at-home wife providing support behind the scenes such with John’s electoral work. She was also very interested n politics herself, and participate in the local Labor Women’s Organisation. As the prime minister’s wife she was also expected to undertake various public duties such as launching ships, giving the occasional press and entertaining at the lodge. In this article in the Australian Women’s Weekly from September 1942 she gives a brief insight into how the Curtins try to live a more austere lifestyle for the war effort, and gives some hints for other housewives.
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