Geoff Gallop

Geoff Gallop

Former Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; Water Resources; Federal Affairs

    State's tribute to one of the nation's great Prime Ministers

    14/08/2005 12:00 AM

    A statue tribute to the man widely regarded as one of Australia’s greatest Prime Ministers was today unveiled in Fremantle by Premier Geoff Gallop.

    Dr Gallop said the nation would always remember John Curtin as a modest man of the people, whose extraordinary leadership guided the nation through the darkest months of World War II.

    “John Curtin was an exceptionally robust leader and a pillar of strength during difficult times and it is fitting he should be commemorated in this way,” the Premier said.

    The John Curtin sculpture was cast in silicon bronze by husband and wife team Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith, of Gidgegannup, and cost $240,000.

    Standing 2.2m high and mounted on a reinforced concrete plinth clad in Western Australian green granite, the statue has been positioned outside the Fremantle Town Hall.

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of John Curtin’s death and of the end of the Second World War.

    Descendants of John Curtin, including his grandson John Curtin III, witnessed the unveiling today.

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