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Sir John Gorton was an Australian politician, who served as the 19th Prime Minister of Australia from 1968 to 1971. Gorton was born on September 9, 1911 in Melbourne, Australia. He was educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School and Geelong Grammar School, before travelling to England to attend Brasenose College, Oxford. In 1940, following the outbreak of World War II, Gorton enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve (RAAF) and trained as a fighter pilot. In 1942, while serving in the RAAF, Gorton suffered severe facial injuries in a plane crash, leading him to undergo reconstructive surgery. After being discharged from the RAAF in 1944, he entered local government and joined the Country Party, later switching to the Liberal Party. In 1949 Gorton successfully stood as a Senate candidate for Victoria, and served in various positions under Robert Menzies and Harold Holt. On January 10, 1968, Gorton was elected Liberal-Country Party coalition leader following Harold Holt's presumed drowning off the Victorian coast. He became the first senator to be appointed as Prime Minister, and subsequently transferred to the lower house in Holt’s former seat of Higgins. Gorton's time in office saw the passage of some key legislation and some major developments in the Australian national landscape, however dissatisfaction with Gorton's leadership within the Liberal Party led to a party room challenge from William McMahon in November, 1969. The challenge was unsuccessful but opposition to Gorton continued to mount, and in 1971 he was replaced as leader after casting the deciding vote against himself. In 1975 Gorton resigned from the Liberal Party and he retired from politics soon after. John Gorton was knighted in 1977, and appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1988. He died on May 19, 2002, aged 90.

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25 February, 1994
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25 February, 1994
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25 February, 1994
FEBRUARY 25, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Australian...
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25 February, 1994
FEBRUARY 25, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Australian...
By Lily Zdilar
25 February, 1994
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By David Gray
11 August, 1993
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By Geoff Henderson
17 June, 1993
JUNE 17,1993: (L-R) Nancy Home and former Australian...
By Geoff Henderson
17 June, 1993
MAY 10, 1993: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Former Australian...
By David Gray
10 May, 1993
DECEMBER 15, 1992: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Clyde...
By David Gray
15 December, 1992
DECEMBER 15, 1992: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Former...
By David Gray
15 December, 1992
SEPTEMBER 10, 1992: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
By Chris Pavlich
10 September, 1992
JULY 17, 1990: ADELAIDE, SA. (L-R) Former Australian...
By Grant Nowell
17 July, 1990
JULY 17, 1990: ADELAIDE, SA. (L-R) Former Australian...
By News Ltd
17 July, 1990
MARCH 23, 1990: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
By Paul Johns
23 March, 1990
MARCH 23, 1990: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
By Paul Johns
23 March, 1990
MARCH 23, 1990: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
By Paul Johns
23 March, 1990
UNDATED: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Former Australian...
By Chris Pavlich
01 January, 1990
NOVEMBER 14, 1989: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Former...
By Peter Mars
14 November, 1989
JULY 24, 1989: SYDNEY, NSW. Former Australian...
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24 July, 1989
MARCH 23, 1988: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
By Paul Johns
23 March, 1988
MARCH 23, 1988: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
By Paul Johns
23 March, 1988
MARCH 19, 1988: (L-R) John Howard and former Australian...
By Bob Finlayson
19 March, 1988
JULY 24, 1987: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
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24 July, 1987
JULY 24, 1987: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
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24 July, 1987
JULY 24, 1987: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
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24 July, 1987
JULY 24, 1987: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
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24 July, 1987
OCTOBER 1, 1986: MAITLAND, NSW. (L-R) Former Australian...
By Robert McKell
01 October, 1986
NOVEMBER, 1985: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
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01 November, 1985
OCTOBER 3, 1984: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Former Australian...
By Alan Porritt
03 October, 1984
SEPTEMBER 11, 1981: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
By Alan Porritt
11 September, 1981
SEPTEMBER 11, 1981: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
By Alan Porritt
11 September, 1981
1980: (L-R) Jenny Jordan Toohey and former Australian...
By News Ltd
01 January, 1980
AUGUST, 1979: CANBERRA, ACT. Charles, Prince of...
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01 August, 1979
MAY 24, 1978: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Democrats leader...
By Brett Thomson
24 May, 1978
NOVEBMER 7, 1977: Former Australian Prime Minister...
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07 November, 1977
AUGUST 31, 1977: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Former Australian...
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31 August, 1977
AUGUST 31, 1977: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Former Australian...
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31 August, 1977
AUGUST 31, 1977: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Former Australian...
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31 August, 1977
AUGUST 31, 1977: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Sir Arthur...
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31 August, 1977
MAY 26, 1977: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Prime Minister...
By Alan Porritt
26 May, 1977
MAY 26, 1977: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Prime Minister...
By Alan Porritt
26 May, 1977
MAY 26, 1977: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Prime Minister...
By Alan Porritt
26 May, 1977
MAY 19, 1976: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Prime Minister...
By Maurice Wilmott
19 May, 1976
1976: Former Prime Minister John Gorton. (Photo...
By News Ltd
01 January, 1976
1976: Former Prime Minister John Gorton. (Photo...
By News Ltd
01 January, 1976
DECEMBER 13, 1975: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Prime...
By Graeme Thomson
13 December, 1975
OCTOBER 17, 1975: Former Prime Minister John Gorton...
By News Ltd
17 October, 1975
MAY 23, 1975: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Prime Minister...
By Maurice Wilmott
23 May, 1975
MAY 23, 1975: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Prime Minister...
By Maurice Wilmott
23 May, 1975
MAY 20, 1975: Former Prime Minister John Gorton....
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20 May, 1975
1975: Former Prime Minister John Gorton pictured...
By News Ltd
01 January, 1975
1974: Former Prime Minister John Gorton. (Photo...
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01 January, 1974
SEPTEMBER 11, 1973: CANBERRA, ACT. Former Australian...
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11 September, 1973
MAY 3, 1973: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Labor MP Chris...
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03 May, 1973
APRIL 26, 1974: Former Prime Minister John Gorton...
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26 April, 1973
APRIL 5, 1973: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Australian...
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05 April, 1973
NOVEMBER, 1971: MELBOURNE, VIC. Former Prime Minister...
By News Ltd
01 November, 1971
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