First Curtin ministry

The First Curtin ministry (Labor) was the 29th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 14th Prime Minister, John Curtin. The First Curtin ministry succeeded the Fadden ministry, which dissolved on 7 October 1941 after the independent crossbenchers Alexander Wilson and Arthur Coles withdrew their support for the Fadden government. The ministry was replaced by the Second Curtin ministry on 21 September 1943 following the 1943 federal election.[1]

First Curtin ministry
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29th Ministry of Australia
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Group photo of the First Curtin ministry
Date formed7 October 1941
Date dissolved21 September 1943
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge VI
Governor-GeneralLord Gowrie
Prime MinisterJohn Curtin
No. of ministers19
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMinority government
Opposition partyCountryUnited Australia coalition
Opposition leaderArthur Fadden
Outgoing election21 August 1943
Legislature term(s)16th
PredecessorFadden ministry
SuccessorSecond Curtin ministry

Frank Forde, who died in 1983, was the last surviving member of the First Curtin ministry; Forde was also the last surviving minister of the Scullin government, Second Curtin ministry, Forde government, and the First Chifley ministry.


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Labor (Rt) Hon John Curtin

MP for Fremantle

  Hon Frank Forde

MP for Capricornia

  Hon Ben Chifley

MP for Macquarie

  (Rt) Hon Dr H. V. Evatt KC

MP for Barton

  Hon Jack Beasley

MP for West Sydney

  Hon Joe Collings

Senator for Queensland

  Hon Norman Makin

MP for Hindmarsh

  Hon Jack Holloway

MP for Melbourne Ports

  Hon Richard Keane

Senator for Victoria

  Hon Arthur Drakeford

MP for Maribyrnong

  Hon William Scully

MP for Gwydir

  Hon Bill Ashley

Senator for New South Wales

  Hon Eddie Ward

MP for East Sydney

  Hon George Lawson

MP for Brisbane

  Hon Charles Frost

MP for Franklin

  Hon John Dedman

MP for Corio

  Hon Bert Lazzarini

MP for Werriwa

  Hon James Fraser

Senator for Western Australia

  Hon Don Cameron

Senator for Victoria



  1. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2010.