- Former Australian prime minister John Curtin lived in the home between 1912 and 1915.
- His Cottlesloe home, restored by the National Trust, is for rent on Airbnb.
- His former home is one of a few prime ministerial palaces that have come up for sale in the past two years.
A Melbourne property that was home to wartime PM John Curtin in the early 1900s has been listed for sale, the latest in a string of homes with prime ministerial pedigree to be offered for sale in the past two years.
The four-bedroom house at 2 Fallon Street, Brunswick, features a plaque on the footpath outside marking its historical significance, and has a price guide of $2.1 million to $2.3 million.
The home was snapped up in 2011 by its current owners, who bought it at auction for $710,000. It needed updating at the time.
Since then, the former PM’s digs has had a full renovation, while keeping some of its original Victorian features, including stained glass at the front door and its original facade.
Woodards Carlton North managing director Jason Sharpe said the heritage-listed home had rarely come up for sale.
The vendors bought the home from a family who had owned it since the 1920s.
The home has a plaque out the front marking its historic significance.Credit:Woodards Carlton North
“It’s certainly a rarity. Especially to have a plaque out the front with the history of the home,” Sharpe said. “[The sellers are] now looking for their next project.”
Curtin lived in the Brunswick residence from 1912 to 1915, while he was federal president of the Victorian Timber Workers Union. He later became an organiser for the Australian Workers Union.
After living in Melbourne, Curtin moved to Perth in 1917, becoming editor of the union movement newspaper the Westralian Worker. In 1923, he and wife Elsie built a house in Cottesloe, where he lived until his death.
He became involved in the Australian Labor Party from an early age, and became party leader from 1935 until his death in 1945. Curtin was prime minister for four years, from 1941, leading Australia through most of the Second World War.
The home has had a full renovation.Credit:Woodards Carlton North
The Cottesloe home, restored by the National Trust, is for rent on Airbnb. It’s available for long or short-term renting according to the listing.
Curtin’s former Brunswick digs will be auctioned on Saturday, March 25.
Other homes of former prime ministers have also sold in recent years.
In 2021, Gough Whitlam’s former Cabramatta home, in Sydney’s south-west, sold for $1.15 million, in a pre-auction deal.
The home was sold to a group of ALP stalwarts, including Whitlam’s son Nick Whitlam, who planned to turn it into a museum.
The four-bedroom fixer-upper at 32 Albert Street, Cabramatta, was Whitlam’s home from 1956 until 1978, spanning his time as prime minister (from 1972-1975).
Meanwhile, the Altona home of Australia’s first female prime minister Julia Gillard sold for $1.26 million — well above the $1.08 million to $1.18 million price guide — at auction last April.
The house at 9 Medford Street, in Melbourne’s west, was sold by a family who bought it from Gillard in 2013, the year her three-year stint as PM came to an end.
Gillard purchased the three-bedroom property in 1998, spending $140,000, at the same time as she started her federal parliamentary career.
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