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


Chapter 7 - Prime Minister, 1972–75

The most important official holdings on the Whitlam government are the Cabinet, Executive Council, and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet records, and those compiled by senior ministers and secretaries of agencies such as Treasury and the Attorney-General's Department. The papers of Sir Paul Hasluck, Governor-General from 1969 to 1974, are particularly important due to his involvement in the formation of the Whitlam–Barnard Duumvirate and his interactions with and advice to Gough Whitlam in the lead-up to the 1974 double dissolution election.

The papers of Graham Freudenberg, Gough Whitlam's press secretary, political adviser and principal speech writer from 1961 to 1973, illustrate much about Whitlam's period as Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), opposition leader and Prime Minister. Freudenberg's papers include letters of congratulations for which he drafted Whitlam's replies. Some of Freudenberg's papers are held at the National Archives, and several key items are held by the Whitlam Institute.

The Whitlam Institute also holds the most substantial collection of press releases, statements and speeches given by Whitlam, all of which are fully digitised. The Whitlam Government, Gough Whitlam's own detailed exegesis (1985), is a key reference.

Specific parts of some of the series listed in this chapter are also referred to in Chapter 8: The Dismissal.


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