From the Honest History archives: Gough Whitlam centenary, 11 July 2016

Monday, 11 July 2016, is 100 years since the birth of Edward Gough Whitlam, prime minister of Australia 1972-75. Gough Whitlam died in October 2014 and at that time, Honest History collected a lot of resources, obituaries, reminiscences, commentaries, extracts, nostalgia, appreciation and so on – until we stopped because we realised we were doing our bit to build up Gough as a mythical figure when he was all too human.

Here below, though, is the link to that material, which we labelled ‘about 98 resources on Gough Whitlam’, given that he lived to that age. There are probably more than 98 items in the bundle, there are other posts that can be found by using our Search engine, and there have been other things written since.

The Whitlam Institute (at the institution now known as Western Sydney University) remains the pre-eminent locus for Whitlam material and research relevant to his time in government, The Dismissal and the Whitlam legacy. The Institute currently has an exhibition, ‘The way of the reformer: Gough Whitlam in his century’ and we just discovered another small collection of resources here, including a speech Whitlam gave in 2001 on another centenary, that of the Federal Labor Caucus.

Whitlam’s speechwriter, Graham Freudenberg, wrote a foreword to a new book.

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