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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

3 October 2004

Curtin, Hasluck's graves to be refurbished


The Perth graves of wartime prime minister John Curtin and former governor-general Paul Hasluck are to be refurbished under a federal program announced today by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell.

Their graves at Karrakatta cemetery will be refurbished as part of a $21,234 grant to the Office of Australian War Graves.

"Both were quite different men, but who shared a common love of Australia and served it and its people with great distinction," Senator Campbell said.

The refurbishment of their graves are among seven projects to be funded under the Australian Government's Commemoration of Historic Events and Famous People grants programme.

The others include the upgrading of an opera singer's humble dirt grave into a memorial to mark her contribution to the Australian arts.

Senator Campbell said Gertrude Johnson OBE, was a remarkable Australian whose who once sang with Dame Nellie Melba and was a catalyst for setting up the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia.

"Her simple dirt grave, marked only by a commemorative plaque, does not do justice to her legacy to Australia," he said..

"Through the commemorative programme, we will be able to officially acknowledge her contribution by providing $3415 to the Australian National Memorial Theatre to place a monument on her grave at St Kilda Cemetery in Melbourne."

"The programme is a way of acknowledging and thanking those who have given us so much and to whom we owe our gratitude. These memorials will also remind us of how we became the distinctive nation that we are today - through hard work, inspiration and dedication."

The other projects are:

Commonwealth of Australia