John Curtin Weekend

John Curtin Day

JCW has its origins in John Curtin Day, a celebration of the day John Curtin became Prime Minister of Australia on 7 October 1941. John Curtin Day was first held in 1998, with medals being handed out to those who demonstrate John Curtin’s values of vision, leadership and community service.

Turning values into action

In 1999, students and staff began doing community service on John Curtin Day. Within a year, this became ‘John Curtin Weekend’. From the initial 8 communities that opened their hearts and homes in 2002, there are now more than 40 participating towns and 500+ volunteers globally.

Who is John Curtin

John Curtin (1885–1945) was Prime Minister of Australia during World War II, and many consider him to be our greatest leader. He was known for his humility and belief in the future of the Australian people. This was exemplified by the introduction of pensions as a social safety net, even as our nation faced invasion. His mission to advance knowledge through technology and enrich culture through community education is an inspiration for John Curtin Weekend.

For more information about the amazing life of John Curtin, please visit the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library.

Get involved at Curtin Singapore

Want to be part of the action? JCW takes place annually in September so do keep a lookout as more information will be sent to your email closer to date. Should you like to enquire more on JCW, you may reach out to