First Curtin Ministry

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First Curtin Ministry in 1941.

The First Curtin Ministry was the thirtieth Australian Commonwealth ministry, and held office from 7 October 1941 to 21 September 1943.[1]

Australian Labor Party

  • Rt Hon John Curtin, MP: Prime Minister. Minister for Defence Co-ordination (to 14 April 1942), Minister for Defence (from 14 April 1942)
  • Rt Hon Frank Forde, MP: Minister for the Army
  • Rt Hon Ben Chifley, MP: Treasurer. Minister for Postwar Reconstruction (from 22 December 1942)
  • Rt Hon Dr H. V. Evatt, KC MP: Attorney-General, Minister for External Affairs
  • Hon Jack Beasley, MP: Minister for Supply and Development (to 17 October 1942), Minister for Supply and Shipping (from 17 October 1942)
  • Senator Hon Joe Collings: Minister for the Interior
  • Hon Norman Makin, MP: Minister for the Navy, Minister for Munitions
  • Hon Jack Holloway, MP: Minister for Health, Minister for Social Services
  • Senator Hon Richard Keane: Minister for Trade and Customs, Vice-President of the Executive Council
  • Hon Arthur Drakeford, MP: Minister for Air, Minister for Civil Aviation
  • Hon William Scully, MP: Minister for Commerce (to 22 December 1942), Minister for Commerce and Agriculture (from 22 December 1942)
  • Senator Hon Bill Ashley: Postmaster-General, Minister for Information
  • Hon Eddie Ward, MP: Minister for Labour and National Service
  • Hon George Lawson, MP: Minister for Transport
  • Hon Charles Frost, MP: Minister for Repatriation, Minister in charge of War Service Homes
  • Hon John Dedman, MP: Minister for War Organisation of Industry, Minister in charge of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Hon Bert Lazzarini, MP: Minister for Home Security
  • Senator Hon James Fraser: Minister for External Territories
  • Senator Hon Don Cameron: Minister for Aircraft Production


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