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Harold Holt was an Australian politician, who served as the 17th Prime Minister of Australia from 1966 to 1967. Holt was born in Stanmore, New South Wales on August 5, 1908. Holt won a scholarship to Queen's College at the University of Melbourne and began his law degree in 1927. Holt was drawn to politics in the early 1930s and joined the Prahran branch of the United Australia Party (UAP) in 1933. Holt successfully stood for the federal House of Representatives in 1935, at a by-election for the marginally conservative seat of Fawkner. Holt spent 32 years in Parliament, including many years as a senior Cabinet Minister. As Minister for Immigration, Holt was responsible for the relaxation of the White Australia policy, and as Treasurer under Menzies he initiated major fiscal reforms including the establishment of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and launched and guided the process to convert Australia to decimal currency. Harold Holt became Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Party upon the retirement of Sir Robert Menzies in January 1966. His term as Prime Minister was characterised by strong support for the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War, with a stunning 1966 election win on a pro-Vietnam platform. As Prime Minister, he oversaw landmark changes including the historic decision not to devalue the Australian dollar in line with the British pound, and the 1967 constitutional referendum in which an overwhelming majority of Australians voted in favour of giving the Commonwealth power to legislate specifically for indigenous Australians. Harold Holt's prime ministership ended abruptly when he disappeared while swimming at Cheviot Beach near Portsea, Victoria on December 17, 1967. His body was never recovered.

NOVEMBER 13, 1967: Australian Prime Minister Harold...
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13 November, 1967
NOVEMBER 13, 1967: Australian Prime Minister Harold...
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13 November, 1967
OCTOBER 18, 1967: Prime Minister Harold Holt....
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18 October, 1967
OCTOBER, 1967: (L-R) Australian Prime Minister...
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01 October, 1967
JULY 31, 1967: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Australian...
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31 July, 1967
JULY 22, 1967: SNOWY MOUNTAINS, NSW. Australian...
By Graeme Thomson
22 July, 1967
JULY 22, 1967: KHANCOBAN, NSW. Australian Prime...
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22 July, 1967
APRIL 10, 1967: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian Prime...
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10 April, 1967
APRIL, 1967: (L-R) Malaysian Prime Minister Tun...
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01 April, 1967
APRIL, 1967: (L-R) Malaysian Prime Minister Tun...
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01 April, 1967
UNDATED: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Federal Opposition...
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01 January, 1967
1967: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) Federal Opposition...
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01 January, 1967
UNDATED: (L-R) Australian Prime Minister Harold...
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01 January, 1967
UNDATED: NSW. Australian Prime Minister Harold...
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01 January, 1967
UNDATED: Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt....
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01 January, 1967
UNDATED: Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt...
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01 January, 1967
UNDATED: CANBERRA, ACT. (L-R) C. M. Clifford,...
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01 January, 1967
UNDATED: Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt....
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01 January, 1967
UNDATED: Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt...
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01 January, 1967
UNDATED: MELBOURNE, VIC. Sir Charles McDonald,...
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01 January, 1967
UNDATED: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Sheila Bradley,...
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01 January, 1967
1967: Harold Holt with Sonia McMahon and William...
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01 January, 1967
UNDATED: MELBOURNE, VIC. Prime Minister Harold...
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01 January, 1967
1967: SYDNEY, NSW. Harold Holt at a press conference...
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01 January, 1967
UNDATED: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian Prime Minister...
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01 January, 1967
UNDATED: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Federal Opposition...
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01 January, 1967
1967: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Australian Prime Minister...
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01 January, 1967
1967: NORTH WEST CAPE, WA. US Ambassador Edward...
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01 January, 1967
CIRCA 1967: Harold Holt at a press conference....
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01 January, 1967
NOVEMBER 26, 1966: MELBOURNE, VIC. Australian...
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26 November, 1966
NOVEMBER 26, 1966: Prime Minister Harold Holt...
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26 November, 1966
NOVEMBER 23, 1966: SYDNEY, NSW. Prime Minister...
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23 November, 1966
NOVEMBER 23, 1966: SYDNEY, NSW. Australian Prime...
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23 November, 1966
NOVEMBER 23, 1966: SYDNEY, NSW. Prime Minister...
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23 November, 1966
NOVEMBER 23, 1966: SYDNEY, NSW. Prime Minister...
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23 November, 1966
NOVEMBER 23, 1966: SYDNEY, NSW. Prime Minister...
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23 November, 1966
NOVEMBER 18, 1966: SYDNEY, NSW. Harold Holt holds...
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18 November, 1966
OCTOBER 26, 1966: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Paul Hasluck,...
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26 October, 1966
OCTOBER 22, 1966: (L-R) Australian Prime Minister...
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22 October, 1966
JUNE 27, 1966: SYDNEY, NSW. Prime Minister Harold...
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27 June, 1966
APRIL 21, 1966: SYDNEY, NSW. Prime Minister Harold...
By Don McPhedran
21 April, 1966
JANUARY 30, 1966: PORTSEA, VIC. Prime Minister...
By Ron Iredale
30 January, 1966
CIRCA 1966: (L-R) Prime Minister Harold Holt and...
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01 January, 1966
1966: (L-R) Doug Anthony, William 'Billy' McMahon,...
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01 January, 1966
1966: Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt hands...
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01 January, 1966
OCTOBER 13, 1965: SYDNEY, NSW. Federal Treasurer...
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13 October, 1965
MAY 4, 1965: SYDNEY, NSW. Federal Treasurer Harold...
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04 May, 1965
UNDATED: Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt...
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01 January, 1965
1965: Federal Treasurer Harold Holt. (Photo by...
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01 January, 1965
NOVEMBER 2, 1964: Federal Treasurer Harold Holt....
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02 November, 1964
1964: Federal Treasurer Harold Holt. (Photo by...
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01 January, 1964
1964: Federal Treasurer Harold Holt. (Photo by...
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01 January, 1964
1964: Federal Treasurer Harold Holt. (Photo by...
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01 January, 1964
NOVEMBER 21, 1963. Federal Treasurer Harold Holt....
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21 November, 1963
NOVEMBER 21, 1963: Federal Treasurer Harold Holt....
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21 November, 1963
NOVEMBER 21, 1963: Federal Treasurer Harold Holt....
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21 November, 1963
NOVEMBER 21, 1963: Federal Treasurer Harold Holt....
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21 November, 1963
OCTOBER 16, 1963: Federal Treasurer Harold Holt...
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16 October, 1963
SEPTEMBER 16, 1963: Federal Treasurer Harold Holt....
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16 September, 1963
AUGUST 12, 1963: CANBERRA, ACT. Federal Treasurer...
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12 August, 1963
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