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Susan Mitchell: Margaret & Gough

Event Information

  • 3 Nov 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Tom Keneally Centre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Level 3, 280 Pitt St
  • Sydney CBD
  • New South Wales
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  • Cost: Free - Bookings are essential

Tom Keneally Centre Reading

Join Susan Mitchell as she takes us inside a compelling love story that shaped a nation; the story of Margaret and Gough Whitlam’s 70 year partnership.

Opposites in many ways, the Whitlams brought out the best in each other. They saw each other as equals and never hesitated to express their different viewpoints. 

Neither Gough Whitlam nor Margaret Dovey would have developed into what each became without the influence of the other. Through every major political change, every election campaign, every triumph and every loss, they stood together.

He may have passed the laws that changed the nation, but she made it possible.

About Margaret and Gough

Susan Mitchell’s newest book, Margaret and Gough, unveils the compelling story of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, his wife Margaret and their 70-year relationship – personal and political, private and public – revealing how two extraordinary people, side by side, led the Australian nation into an exciting and turbulent new era.

Gough had no small talk, Margaret had the gift of easy conversation. He was often ill-at-ease in company and preferred his books. She was warm, inclusive and jollied him along. He had a vicious tongue and a quick temper. She always tried to see the best in people. He knew everything about the ideology, history and heroes of the labour movement. She trusted her instincts.  He may have passed the laws that changed the nation, but she made it possible.

The strength and endurance of this remarkable relationship helped change our nation politically, culturally and socially.  Margaret and Gough is a story of love, respect, struggle, success, failure, disappointment and resilience, and a partnership where the political was always personal and the personal was always political.

FREE – Bookings are essential.

BOOK on 02 9262 7300 OR tkc@smsa.org.au