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Gough Whitlam Archive

Gough Whitlam was an Australian politician who served as the 21st Prime Minister of Australia from 1972 to 1975. Whitlam was born in Melbourne in 1916 and educated in Sydney and Canberra. He interrupted his legal studies at the University of Sydney to serve as a Royal Australian Air Force navigator in WW2. Whitlam was admitted to state and federal courts as a barrister in 1947, and was appointed Queens Counsel in 1962. Whitlam entered Parliament in 1952 as an ALP member of the House of Representatives in the seat of Werriwa. In 1960 he was elected deputy leader of the Labor Party and in 1967 he assumed the leadership and became Leader of the Opposition. Whitlam led Labor to victory at the 1972 election after 23 years of Liberal-Country Coalition government. A record number of bills were enacted in the 3 years Whitlam was in power. He immediately ended conscription, withdrew troops from Vietnam, and introduced an ambitious legislation program on human rights, family law, the environment, education, health, welfare and aboriginal land rights. Whitlam’s term abruptly ended when his government was dismissed by the Governor-General on November 11, 1975, following a constitutional crisis. Liberal leader Malcolm Fraser was appointed caretaker Prime Minister until an election was held on December 13, 1975, which resulted in the defeat of the Whitlam Government. Whitlam resigned from the leadership after the ALP lost again at the 1977 election, and left Parliament in 1978. Whitlam remained politically active and went on to become a visiting professor to publish books and comment on political affairs. He died October 21, 2014, aged 98.

SEPTEMBER 27, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime...
By Paul Burston
27 September, 1994
SEPTEMBER 27, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime...
By Paul Burston
27 September, 1994
SEPTEMBER 24, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Ross Symonds...
By Frank Violi
24 September, 1994
SEPTEMBER 9, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Gough Whitlam,...
By Angelo Soulas
09 September, 1994
SEPTEMBER 9, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Gough Whitlam,...
By Chris Pavlich
09 September, 1994
SEPTEMBER 9, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By News Ltd
09 September, 1994
JULY 5, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By David Gray
07 July, 1994
JULY 5, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By David Gray
07 July, 1994
JULY 5, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Frank Violi
05 July, 1994
MAY 18, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) John Howard and...
By Paul Burston
18 May, 1994
MARCH 31, 1994: CANBERRA, ACT. Prime Minister...
By Michael Jones
31 March, 1994
MARCH 3, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Jeremy Piper
03 March, 1994
JANUARY 14, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Greg Newington
14 January, 1994
JANUARY 14, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Greg Newington
14 January, 1994
JANUARY 14, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Former Prime...
By Greg Newington
14 January, 1994
JANUARY 14, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) John Kerin...
By Greg Newington
14 January, 1994
JANUARY 14, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Former Prime...
By Greg Newington
14 January, 1994
JANUARY 4, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Michael Amendolia
04 January, 1994
JANUARY 4, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Michael Amendolia
04 January, 1994
OCTOBER 28, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Alan Pryke
28 October, 1993
MARCH 31, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Lily Zdilar
31 March, 1993
MARCH 17, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) David McNicoll,...
By Frank Violi
17 March, 1993
MARCH 9, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Verity Chambers
09 March, 1993
MARCH 9, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Verity Chambers
09 March, 1993
MARCH 5, 1993: MELBOURNE, VIC. Former Prime Minister...
By Michael Potter
05 March, 1993
FEBRUARY 24, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Anthony Weate
24 February, 1993
FEBRUARY 17, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Former Prime...
By Adam Knott
17 February, 1993
FEBRUARY 7, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Andrew Darby
07 February, 1993
JANUARY 26, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Former Prime...
By Warren Kirby
26 January, 1993
JANUARY 26, 1993: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Warren Kirby
26 January, 1993
DECEMBER 15, 1992: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Former...
By David Gray
15 December, 1992
DECEMBER 15, 1992: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Clyde...
By David Gray
15 December, 1992
NOVEMBER 20, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Former Prime...
By David Hancock
20 November, 1992
NOVEMBER 4, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Former Prime...
By Tracey Haslam
04 November, 1992
OCTOBER 13, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Elizabeth...
By Geoff Beatty
13 October, 1992
SEPTEMBER 2, 1992: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Former...
By News Ltd
02 September, 1992
AUGUST 30, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By News Ltd
30 August, 1992
AUGUST 29, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Prime Minister...
By Mark Williams
29 August, 1992
AUGUST 29, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Prime Minister...
By News Ltd
29 August, 1992
AUGUST 29, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Prime Minister...
By Mark Williams
29 August, 1992
AUGUST 29, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Margaret Whitlam,...
By Bob Finlayson
29 August, 1992
AUGUST 29, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Prime Minister...
By News Ltd
29 August, 1992
AUGUST 29, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Prime Minister...
By Bob Finlayson
29 August, 1992
JULY 7, 1992: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Former Prime...
By Michael Jones
07 July, 1992
JULY 7, 1992: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Former Prime...
By Michael Jones
07 July, 1992
JUNE 17, 1992: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Prime Minister...
By David Hancock
17 June, 1992
JUNE 17, 1992: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Prime Minister...
By David Hancock
17 June, 1992
JUNE 7, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Gough Whitlam waves...
By David Crosling
07 June, 1992
JUNE 7, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By David Crosling
07 June, 1992
JUNE 7, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By News Ltd
07 June, 1992
APRIL 23, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Former Prime...
By Alan Pryke
23 April, 1992
APRIL 16, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Former Australian...
By Adam Knott
16 April, 1992
MARCH 23, 1992: ALBURY, NSW. (L-R) Former Prime...
By Paul Burston
20 March, 1992
MARCH 20, 1992: ALBURY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Paul Burston
20 March, 1992
MARCH 9, 1992: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Minister...
By Michael Potter
09 March, 1992
MARCH, 1992: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Former Prime...
By Michael Potter
01 March, 1992
DECEMBER 30, 2012: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Kathryn...
By David Hancock
30 December, 1991
DECEMBER 30, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Former Prime...
By David Hancock
30 December, 1991
OCTOBER 27, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Ministers...
By Samantha Randall
27 October, 1991
OCTOBER 27, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Prime Ministers...
By Michael Amendolia
27 October, 1991
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