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The Life and Times of Margaret Whitlam (1993)


Maxine McKew interviews Margaret Whitlam in 1993. Margaret Whitlam talks about her childhood, career choices and her life married to Gough Whitlam (Prime Minister of Australia 1972–1975). She reflects on the time when she was 'first lady’ and hopes to be remembered as fair-minded. The interview is intercut with still photographs.

Curator’s notes

Margaret Whitlam is relaxed, amusing and insightful as she reflects on the varied experiences of her life. The interview is particularly interesting when she recollects the Labor Party winning the election and her husband becoming prime minister. Her reflection on the dismissal of the Whitlam Government in 1975 is also poignant.