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Gough Whitlam: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers

Appendix 3: Select bibliography


Daly, Fred, From Curtin to Hawke, Sun Books, South Melbourne, 1984.

Faulkner, John and Macintyre, Stuart (eds), True Believers: the story of the federal parliamentary Labor Party, Angus and Robertson, Melbourne, 2001.

Freudenberg, Graham, A Certain Grandeur: Gough Whitlam in politics, Macmillan, South Melbourne, 1977.

Freudenberg, Graham, A Figure of Speech: a political memoir, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Milton, 2005.

Grassby, Al, The Morning After, Judicator Publications, Canberra, 1979.

Grassby, Al, The Tyranny of Prejudice, AE Press, Melbourne, 1984.

Griffiths, Billy, The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the middle kingdom, 1971, Monash University Publishing, Clayton, 2012.

Hall, Richard, The Real John Kerr: his brilliant career, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1978.

Hayden, W, Hayden: an autobiography, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1996.

Hocking, Jenny, The Dismissal Dossier: everything you were never meant to know about November 1975, Melbourne University Publishing, Carlton, 2015.

Hocking, Jenny, Gough Whitlam: a moment in history, Volume One of Gough Whitlam: the biography, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2008.

Hocking, Jenny, Gough Whitlam: his time, Volume Two of Gough Whitlam: the biography, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2012.

Hocking, Jenny, Lionel Murphy: a political biography, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2000.

Hocking, Jenny and Lewis, Colleen, It's Time Again: Whitlam and modern Labor, Circa Books, Melbourne, 2003.

Kelly, Paul, November 1975: the inside story of Australia's greatest political crisis, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1995.

Kelly, Paul, The Unmaking of Gough, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1994.

Kerr, John, Matters for Judgment: an autobiography, MacMillan, South Melbourne, 1978.

Krieger, H (ed.), East Timor and the International Community: basic documents, Cambridge International Document Series Volume 10, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1997.

Langmore, D, Prime Ministers' Wives, McPhee Gribble, Melbourne, 1992.

Latham, M, The Latham Diaries, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2005.

Lloyd, Clem and Clark, Andrew, Kerr's King Hit!, Cassell Australia, Sydney, 1976.

Lloyd, Clem and Reid, Gordon, Out of the Wilderness, Cassell, Melbourne, 1974.

MacCallum, Mungo, The Whitlam Mob, Penguin Books. Sydney. 2014.

MacCallum, Mungo, Mungo: the man who laughs, Duffy and Snellgrove, Sydney, 2001.

Marr, David, Barwick: the classic biography of a man in power, 2nd edition, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1992.

Martin, N, Freda: a biography of Freda Whitlam, Noelene Martin, Sydney, 2008.

Mathews, Race, Meeting the Crisis: federal aid for education, pamphlet no. 15, Australian Fabian Society, Melbourne, 1967.

Mathews, Race, David Bennett: a memoir, pamphlet no. 44, Australian Fabian Society, Melbourne, 1985.

McClelland, James, Stirring the Possum: a political biography, Penguin, Ringwood, 1989.

McMullin, Ross, The Light on the Hill: the Australian Labor Party 1891–1991, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1991.

Menadue, John, Things You Learn Along the Way, David Lovell Publishing, Melbourne, 1999.

Mitchell, Susan, Margaret Whitlam: a biography, Random House, Milsons Point, 2006.

Nolan, S (ed.), The Dismissal: where were you on 11 November 1975?, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2005.

Oakes, Laurie, Whitlam: a biography, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1973.

Oakes, Laurie, Grab for Power: election '74, Cheshire, Melbourne, 1974.

Oakes, Laurie, Crash Through or Crash: the unmaking of a prime minister, Drummond, Melbourne, 1976.

Preston, William, Herman, Edward and Schiller, Herbert, Hope and Folly: the United States and UNESCO 1945–1985, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, c.1989.

Reid, Alan, The Whitlam Venture, Hill of Content, Melbourne, 1976.

Sawer, Geoffrey, Federation Under Strain: Australia 1972–1975, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1977.

Sawer, M and Radford, M, Making Women Count: a history of the Women's Electoral Lobby, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2008.

Souter, Gavin, Acts of Parliament, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988.

Strangio, Paul, Keeper of the Faith: a biography of Jim Cairns, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002.

Tennant, Kylie, Evatt: politics and justice, Angus & Roberston, Sydney, 1970.

Uren, Tom, Straight Left, Random House, Sydney, 1994.

Walter, James, The Leader: a political biography of Gough Whitlam, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1980.

Way, W (ed.), Australia and the Indonesian Incorporation of Portuguese Timor, 1974–1976, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2000.

Whitlam, Nicholas, Still Standing: a memoir, Lothian Books, Melbourne, 2004.

Journal articles and chapters

FitzGerald, Stephen, 'The coup that laid the fear of China: Gough Whitlam in Beijing, 1971', The Whitlam Legacy: a series of occasional papers, Volume 2, Whitlam Institute, 2012.

Hazlehurst, Cameron, 'Harry Frederick (Fred) Whitlam', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 16, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002, pp. 540–1.

Hocking, Jenny, 'Robert Menzies' “fundamental authoritarianism”: the 1951 Referendum', in Peter Love and Paul Strangio (eds), Arguing the Cold War, Red Rag Publications, Carlton, 2001, pp. 47–59.

Hocking, Jenny, 'History by numbers', in Sybil Nolan (ed.), The Dismissal: where were you on 11 November 1975?, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2005, pp. 1–14.

Hocking, Jenny, 'EG (Gough) Whitlam', in B Galligan and W Roberts (eds), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2007, pp. 638–9.

Hocking, Jenny, 'Post-war reconstruction and the New World Order: the origins of Gough Whitlam's democratic citizen', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 53, no. 2, 2007, pp. 223–35.

Hocking, Jenny, 'Gough's war: changing a nation', Griffith Review special issue Enduring Legacies no. 48, 2015, pp. 92–101.

Hocking, Jenny and Lewis, Colleen, 'Thirty years later: the Whitlam government as modernist politics' in J Hocking and C Lewis (eds), It's Time Again: Whitlam and modern Labor, Circa Books, Melbourne, 2003, pp. 1–9.

Whitlam, Henry Frederick Ernest, 'Sir Robert Garran and leadership in the public service', The Sir Robert Oration 1959, Royal Institute of Public Administration, Canberra, 1959.

Selected works by Gough Whitlam

Whitlam, EG, Text of Speeches to Three State Conferences of the Australian Labor Party: let us now begin!, Australian Labor Party, Carlton, 1967.

Whitlam, EG, Beyond Vietnam: Australia's regional responsibility, pamphlet no. 17, Australian Fabian Society, Melbourne, August 1968.

Whitlam, EG, The Macquarie Broadcasts, May–October 1972 by Gough Whitlam, Australian Labor Party, Canberra, 1972.

Whitlam, EG, On Australia's Constitution, Widescope, Camberwell, 1977.

Whitlam, EG, The Truth of the Matter, Penguin Books, Ringwood, 1979.

Whitlam, EG, The Italian Inspiration in English Literature, Australian National University Press with Frederick May Foundation, Canberra, 1980.

Whitlam, EG, A Pacific Community, Australian Studies Endowment and Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University with Harvard University Press, 1981.

Whitlam, EG, The Whitlam Government: 1972–1975, Penguin Books, Ringwood, 1985.

Whitlam, EG, Abiding Interests, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1997.

Whitlam, EG, My Italian Notebook, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, Sydney, 2002.

Whitlam, EG, The Road to China, Cosmos Books, Hong Kong, c.2010.

Whitlam, EG, 'Foreword', in Al Grassby, The Morning After, Judicator Publications, Canberra, 1979, pp. ix–xvii.

Whitlam, EG, 'Foreword', in M Latham, Civilising Global Capital: new thinking for Australian Labor, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1998, pp. ix–x.

Whitlam, EG, 'Gough Whitlam's Caucus', in J Faulkner and S Macintyre (eds), True Believers: the story of the federal parliamentary Labor Party, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2001, pp. 108–9.

Whitlam, EG, 'The relevance of the Whitlam government today', in J Hocking and C Lewis (eds), It's Time Again: Whitlam and modern Labor, Circa Books, Melbourne, 2003.

Books by Margaret Whitlam

Whitlam, Margaret, My Day, Collins, Sydney, 1973. 

Whitlam, Margaret, My Other World, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2001.

Online publications

Biggs, A, 'Medicare: background brief', Parliament of Australia, 9 May 2003, updated 29 October 2004

Cabinet Office, 'First Whitlam Ministry: decisions and other administrative actions', 1972. NAA A5931, CL48

Grassby, AJ, 'A multi-cultural society for the future', paper by the Minister for Immigration, the Hon. AJ Grassby, prepared for a symposium in Melbourne, 11 August 1973,

Hocking, Jenny, 'The Governor-General, the Palace and the Dismissal of Gough Whitlam: the mysterious case of "the Palace letters"', February 2016

Museum of Australian Democracy, 'Gurindji Land Ceremony 1975'

Parliament of Australia, 2013, Senate Brief No. 7 - Disagreement Between the Houses

Parliament of Australia, 'Chapter 13: Disagreements between the Houses', House of Representatives Practice (5th Edition)

Parliamentary Library, Parliament of Australia and Bennett, Scott, Research Note no. 7, 2004- 2005, The 1974 joint sitting of Parliament: Thirty Years On ( rn/2004- 05/05rn07.htm)

Online resources

Whitlam Institute e-Collection

Australian National University (ANU) Archives Prime Ministers at the Australian National University

National Archives of Australia Australia's Prime Ministers

National Archives Fact Sheets

These fact sheets provide a brief introduction to specific people, issues and types of records, along with relevant lists of records. The following is a selection of finding aids that have some relevance to Gough Whitlam or his records. Fact sheets are available online through the National Archives website.


216 Prime Minister – Edward Gough Whitlam
215 Prime Minister – William McMahon
242 Prime Minister – John Malcolm Fraser
85 Prime Minister – John Grey Gorton
267 Prime Minister – Robert James Lee Hawke
241 John Robert Kerr, Governor-General of Australia, 1974–77
28 Paul Hasluck, Governor-General of Australia, 1974


247 Australia's diplomatic relations with China
251 Australia's national anthem
252 Tobacco advertising ban in Australia
255 Australia and the issue of apartheid in sport
164 National Service, 1965–72
224 The Wave Hill 'walk–off'
International Women's Year, 1975
239 The Loans Affair, 1974–75
240 The Dismissal, 1975
243 The fall of Saigon, 1975
262 Royal Commission on Intelligence and Security
261 Independence of Papua New Guinea, 1975
117 Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War


Cabinet records of the Whitlam government 1972–1975