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My Other World by Margaret Whitlam

My Other World by Margaret Whitlam

My Other World - Margaret Whitlam - Paperback

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One of Australia's best-loved public figures tells the very personal story of her great love for travelling.

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The coach waiting for us at the airport was driven by Richard. His only English words were 'no problem' but he was an excellent driver, negotiating the sometimes tortuous French roads in his big white bus...On the first tour, we kept noticing a small car that seemed to be following us. Day after day with the same attractive driver. Eventually the penny dropped... she was Richard's partner. She caught up with him each evening but didn't want to intrude. When we realised the situation we warmly welcomed Silvie into our group... 


For almost ten years Margaret Whitlam led a double life. 

Best known for her role as a much-loved public figure and 'National Treasure', Margaret also happens to be a tour leader extraordinaire. She has visited almost every corner of the globe, taking with her hundreds of travellers on group study tours. 

This is Margaret's story of people and places she encountered in her 'other world' - travelling the Wine Road of Burgundy
walking through the ancient city of Macchu Picchu
sharing a meal with a friendly family in their Moscow home
going to the opera in Vienna, and a nightclub in Istanbul. It is brimming with anecdotes and observations, and the odd travel tip (a great place to eat in Dijon, an experience to avoid on Lake Titicaca). 

Margaret's tours were so popular that some people travelled with her year after year. You will meet Betty for whom the world is magnifique, Charles the 'Bairn from Nairn', Father Jim who is not always reverent, lovely Mariana crossed-in-love... and many more. Margaret's gentle humour and infectious enthusiasm for faraway places make this a truly delightful way to journey around the world - all from the comfort of your favourite armchair. Join her as she travels across Siberia, along the Danube and on to Olympia, Rio and Chiang Mai...

About Margaret Whitlam

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

She married Gough Whitlam During month of April 1942 inside of the height of the World War Ii, during which time the couple both showed an active a fixation with politics through their support belonging to the election belonging to the Curtin government in 1943.

Mrs Whitlam completed a degree in social studies while at the University of Sydney in 1938, and practised when you are 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, and as earth's most active member associated with the Labor Party Women's Conference.

She accompanied Mr Whitlam on his major overseas visits as opposition leader, including a trip to Saigon while in the Vietnam war, and Mr Whitlam's landmark visit to China, which occurred shortly leading to a Nixon administration announced previously it was normalising relations together with the communist superpower.

The Whitlams had four children: sons Nicholas, Tony and Stephen, in addition to a daughter Catherine. One of their sons, Nicholas Whitlam, became 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 an Officer associated with the Order of Australia in 1983, for services in to the community.

In 2006, she criticised Janette Howard, wife of then-Prime Minister John Howard, for just what she considered a lack of commitment 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 Sydney hospital after having a fall in 2012.


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