John Curtin was an Australian politician and trade unionist, who rose from the grassroots to become the 14th Prime Minister of the country. Although poverty forced him to leave school at the age of 13, he studied at night to educate himself and soon caught the attention of many well-known politicians. Under their influence he turned to socialism and started his political career as the organizing secretary of the Timber Workers' Union, Victoria Branch. His popularity was such that in spite of heavy drinking, his followers and well-wishers never abandoned him. Instead he was appointed as the editor of ‘Westralian Worker’, the official organ of the Western Australian Labor Party. Later, he stood for the election several times and was ultimately elected for the first time in 1928. Within a short period he was made the leader of the party and also the leader of the opposition. Although he had always been a popular leader it were his prime ministerial years during the Second World War, which proved beyond doubt that he was one of the best leaders that Australia ever had.