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The times

Curtin house and its neighbours were built in the style of the Interwar Californian BungalowJCPML00382-33

The Curtin home was constructed by a local builder in 1923.

Its low-pitched roof, wide eaves, exposed roof timbers and prominent gables identify it as an example of the Interwar Californian Bungalow, a model which was popular for suburban homes across Australia between World War I and the onset of the Depression in 1929.  This style was faithfully followed for the Curtins’ 1930s lounge room extension and its gabled roof.

Other examples of the Californian Bungalow—including the houses on either side of the Curtin home—are placed within a wide range of styles that reflects a diversity of construction periods, tastes and resources among Cottesloe’s houses.
 

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    Curtin house were styled on the Interwar Californian Bungalow
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    Gun-carriage bearing John Curtin's coffin outside Curtin home Cottesloe 1945
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    John Curtin's funeral procession Cottesloe July 1945
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    John Curtin working Sunday morning Lodge study Canberra 1942
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    Labor flyer for the federal election campaign 1943
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    Labor women's organisation 1950
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    Telegram from John to Elsie Curtin on her fiftieth birthday 4-10-1940
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    The desk of John Curtin was made of Tasmanian oak in 1927
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    The lounge was a workplace for John Curtin during the Depression
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    Westralian_Worker_1932.jpg
    Westralian Worker 1932
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