Diplomatic Passports of Gough Whitlam

Diplomatic Passports Gough Whitlam

Some time ago I was asked to support the evaluation of these outstanding Diplomatic Passport Collection of Gough and Margaret Whitlam – Ex-Prime Minister of Australia 1972-1975. It is fantastic to see that the University of Western Sidney – Whitlam Institute is bringing this collection to the public. It was my great pleasure to be part of this project. I wish more organizations worldwide would handle such significant documents as it was done here. Please enjoy the article and the gallery. Thank you, Adrienne (Valuer of manuscripts & art) and Lorraine (whitlam.org) for the collaboration. Diplomatic Passports Gough Whitlam

The Whitlam passports have been donated by the Whitlam Family as part of the University of Western Sydney’s Whitlam Institute collection of material from the life and times of the Hon Gough Whitlam, AC QC  former Prime Minister of Australia from 5 December 1972 to 11 November 1975. The passports are mainly from the time when Mr. Whitlam was based in Paris as Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Hon EG Whitlam AC QC (Aug 1983 to October 1986) and as Member of the UNESCO Board, Hon EG Whitlam AC QC (October 1985 – November 1989).

1-1981 Diplomatic Passport for the Hon Edward Gough Whitlam QC MP

2-1981 Diplomatic Passport for the Hon Edward Gough Whitlam QC MP

3-1981 Diplomatic Passport for the Hon Edward Gough Whitlam QC MP

Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC ( 11 July 1916 – 21 October 2014) was the 21st prime minister of Australia, in office from 1972 to 1975. The longest-serving federal leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), he was the head of a reformist administration that ended with his removal as prime minister after controversially being dismissed by the governor-general of Australia, Sir John Kerr, at the climax of the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis. Whitlam is the only Australian prime minister to have been removed from office in this manner. Diplomatic Passports Gough Whitlam

Whitlam served as an air navigator in the Royal Australian Air Force for four years during World War II and worked as a barrister following the war. He was first elected to the Australian House of Representatives in 1952, becoming a member of parliament (MP) for the division of Werriwa. Whitlam became deputy leader of the Labor Party in 1960, and in 1967, after the retirement of Arthur Calwell, was elected leader of the party and became the Leader of the Opposition. After narrowly losing the 1969 federal election to John Gorton, Whitlam led Labor to victory at the 1972 election, after 23 years of continuous Coalition government. Diplomatic Passports Gough Whitlam

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