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Margaret Whitlam - A Biography by Susan Mitchell

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"I came to represent all the ungainly people, the too-tall ones, the too-fat ones and the housebound as I had been, who'd never get the chance to go to China or Buckingham Palace and experienced it all through me". (Margaret Whitlam). Margaret Whitlam has been in the public eye for over forty years. As the controversial wife of a prime minister she is a household name and an Australian identity in her own right. Many people already feel as if they know her and they do, in a sense. However this biography reveals, for the first time, the private life behind the public events to which she was both a witness and a participant. Susan Mitchell first interviewed Margaret Whitlam for her book "The Matriarchs", after which they became friends. Now, as a writer close to Margaret and her family, she reveals what lies behind the descriptions of 'icon' and 'national treasure'. She has been given access to Margaret's collection of private papers, press cuttings and diaries, and she shares insights from these as she documents Margaret's journey from a semi-detached in Bondi to the Lodge, from her husband's accession to Prime Minister to his dismissal, and all the full years beyond. We travel with Margaret as she grows from a schoolgirl to university student, social worker, wife, mother, political partner, First Lady and international tour leader. We observe the events and the relationships that shaped her, and the family that sustained her. We learn why she has become one of the most admired and beloved Australian women. This is an intimate biography of Margaret Whitlam - clear-eyed, unsentimental, witty and poignant. Susan Mitchell's wonderfully evoked personal portrait will move you to both tears and laughter.

About Margaret Whitlam

Margaret Whitlam was born Margaret Dovey in Sydney, New South Wales, the daughter of Wilfred Robert "Bill" Dovey, a Nsw Supreme Court Of The United States judge. She married Gough Whitlam in 1942, and together that they had three sons in addition to a daughter. Margaret Elaine Dovey first rose to prominence to get a champion swimmer, representing Australia from inside the 1938 Empire Games.

She married Gough Whitlam During month of April 1942 at all the height associated with the World War Ii, where the happy couple both showed earth's most active a fixation with politics through their support of the election associated with the Curtin government in 1943.

Mrs Whitlam completed a degree in social studies while in the University of Sydney in 1938, and practised just like a social worker, including a three year period at Parramatta District Hospital while Mr Whitlam was federal opposition leader.

She has also been heavily tangled up in Mr Whitlam's political career, working within his electorate, so that as a full of life member of the Labor Party Women's Conference.

She accompanied Mr Whitlam on his major overseas visits as opposition leader, including a day out at Saigon while in the Vietnam war, and Mr Whitlam's landmark visit to China, which occurred shortly prior to a Nixon administration announced the sport was ultimately normalising relations aided by the communist superpower.

The Whitlams had four children: sons Nicholas, Tony and Stephen, and also a daughter Catherine. One of their sons, Nicholas Whitlam, developed into a prominent banker along with a controversial figure in one's own right. Another son, Tony Whitlam, was briefly a federal MP.

Margaret Whitlam was made a security officer belonging to the Order of Australia in 1983, for services to go to the community.

In 2006, she criticised Janette Howard, wife of then-Prime Minister John Howard, for what she considered to be a lack of resolve forpersistance to community activities.She withdrew the comments (but stopped short of apologising to Mrs Howard) after attracting widespread condemnation from both sides of politics.

Whitlam died in a very Sydney hospital following a fall in 2012.


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