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Graduate takes inspiration from Curtin legacy
Graduate takes inspiration from Curtin legacy

Although she never met her great-grandfather, for the past four years Rebecca Curtin has been reminded of his legacy on a daily basis.

The only direct descendant of World War II prime minister John Curtin to attend the university that bears his name, Ms Curtin said she had always grown up with a sense of pride in her family heritage. But she had not realised the extent of her great-grandfather's achievements until she began her tertiary studies.

The daughter of John Curtin III - the grandson of prime minister John Curtin's only son - Ms Curtin followed in her great-grandfather's footsteps to take up a degree in mass communications.

"My great-grandfather was a journalist before he got into politics and all his life he stood for giving a voice to the people," she said.

"Knowing that has definitely played a part in me choosing my career - it is inspiring to know what he came from and what he made of himself, they're certainly great footsteps to follow in."

Ms Curtin, 21, also participated in the John Curtin Leadership Academy, a student leadership program modelled on the characteristics and values of the wartime prime minister who died in office in 1945.

"The program is based on his legacy and his motto, 'look ever forward' - it's about building for the future and it's also about community," she said. "I was involved in organising a community event in Fremantle where we raised money for indigenous children in remote communities - it was challenging but also taught me a lot."

Ms Curtin, who graduated from university last week, will undertake postgraduate studies in broadcasting journalism at the WA Academy of Performing Arts.

As for following her great- grandfather into politics, Ms Curtin said it was something she wouldn't rule out.

"It's a door I will always keep open," she said.