Original Letter of Dismissal on display as the Whitlam Institute opens its doors to mark Gough’s 100th birthday


To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Gough Whitlam, the Whitlam Institute is throwing open its doors. It's an opportunity to give the community an insight not just into the personal story behind the very public life of Australia's 21st Prime Minister, but into the Institute named after him, with an array of Open Day events and activities being held on Saturday 9 July, 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Sydneysiders can attend talks, exhibitions, book launches and building tours to find out more about the work of the Whitlam Institute or just take the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent heritage listed Female Orphan School dating back to 1813.

The Whitlam Institute is custodian of the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection and the Female Orphan School as well as being a leading independent think-tank for the Australian people working to ignite debate, strengthen discussion and enrich policy development in Australia.

Visitors will also be able to view rarely seen items of memorabilia from the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection, including the original Letter of Dismissal, as well as meet with members of the Whitlam Institute including the Hon John Faulkner, Chair of the Whitlam Institute Board, other Board members, and Professor Anna Yeatman, Whitlam Institute Professorial Research Fellow.

"Once every two years we dedicate an Open Day to the workings of the Whitlam Institute itself, but being the centenary of Gough's birth this Open Day is really something special, with something for everyone," says Mr Eric Sidoti, Director of the Whitlam Institute.

"It's an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about what the Whitlam Institute is working on and what we strive for – sharing ideas that make you think, that are worth talking about, and asking the questions that spark the meaningful debate that leads to bold public policy.

"We hope many people will join us for a great day to celebrate an important part of our nation's political and social history, and mark Gough's centenary."

One of the special Open Day events is the launch of Not Just for This Life, a new book, edited by Wendy Guest and Gary Gray, recognising Gough Whitlam.

This commemorative book of affectionate public remembrances and speeches of recognition from parliamentarians across the political spectrum will be launched by Gough's friend and one of Australia's most admired performers Patricia Amphlett – known to all simply as Little Pattie.

Visitors can also take in the exclusive exhibitions The Way of the Reformer: Gough Whitlam in His Century, currently on show within the Margaret Whitlam Galleries, and A Changing Australia: The time of Gough Whitlam.

Food and refreshments will be available and visitors are encouraged to bring the family a have a picnic lunch in the beautiful surroundings.

Registrations are required for guided tours and the book launch. For more information contact info@whitlam.org or to RSVP visithttp://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/whitlam-institute-open-day-2016-tickets-25782652608

WHEN: Saturday 9 July 2016

WHERE: Female Orphan School, Western Sydney University's Parramatta campus, corner Victoria Road and James Ruse Drive, Rydalmere

TIME: 11.00am to 4.00pm

COST: Free, just drop in but  bookiings are required for the Discover a Prime Minister's Treasure Trove tours, and The Way of the Reformer talk by curator, Guy Betts. Both events are $12 each.

PARKING: Available on campus


1 July 2016

Nick Day - Media Officer