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Oklahoma, OK!

While in the United States in June 1944, John and Elsie Curtin visited New York to see the Broadway hit, Oklahoma!

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical had opened to rave reviews the year before, and delighted them both. Too keyed up to sleep after the show, John Curtin sent out for the score. The couple stayed up all night, with Elsie Curtin playing the songs on the hotel’s piano.

Adelaide production of Oklahoma, 1982.

Adelaide production of Oklahoma, 1982.

NAA: A6135, K7/5/82/3

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Did you know ...

Only two prime ministers have lost their own seat in an election (SM Bruce in 1929 and John Howard in 2007), and only one retired (RG Menzies, in 1966).

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