Curtin Family Home

Curtin Family Home

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.

Curtin Family Home

“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

Curtin Family Home

“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

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    We loved this restored treasure. It felt special to stay in this historic family home.

    Lesley, February 2024.

    The home was in a fantastic location close to the beach and shop. The character and history of the home was great.

    Teresa, January 2024.

    Such a great stay! Everything we needed! just had to buy some paper towel.

    Georgia, January 2024.

    What and Incredible place to stay. To sit in the lounge where John Curtin sat, drink tea looking over the garden, wondering what conversations took place.

    Jane, January 2024.

    Another Lovely beach escape with the family.

    Claire, January 2024.

    Great stay – location excellent – beautiful garden.

    Emma, December 2023.

    Interesting historic property near a great beach.

    Kevin, December 2023.

    Excellent Place and location.

    Tracy, November 2023.

    Giulio was incredibly responsive; the house was historical sunlit and well situated. Definitely an interesting place to stay.

    Jarrod, November 2023.

    Loved staying here – walking distance to shops and cafes as well as Cottesloe foreshore. The backyard was amazing for a 3-year-old to kick the ball around and collect lemons.

    Kira, October 2023.

    A beautiful historical home that feels secluded and peaceful. Walkable distance to the beach and shops which was very convenient.

     Nina, October 2023.


Interested in learning more about John Curtin?

Settee from the home of former prime minister John Curtin and his wife Elsie (c1930s)

Curtin Collection

We care for a collection of objects that have provenance to the Curtin family. The Curtin Family Home collection forms part of a unique record of former prime minister John Curtin’s life and reflects the modest style of the family home in Cottesloe. It underlines the austerity that had always prevailed in the Curtin household. The collection holds historic, social and cultural significance and is representative of the furnishing of a typical middle class dwelling of the 1930s-1940s period.

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