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Memento : Issue 25
January 2004 MEMENTO 5 GOUGH WHITLAM travelled widely as Prime Minister. In 1973, his first full year of government, Whitlam and his wife Margaret visited many countries in the Asia-Pacific region including the United States, Canada, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Japan. In October, he made the first visit to the People's Republic of China by an Australian prime minister. These overseas trips reflected Whitlam's desire to reform Australia's foreign policy, and in particular to engage Australia with Asia. The Whitlam government also fostered Australian participation in inter- national agreements on the environment, heritage and human rights. These endeavours on the international scene comple- mented reforms at home. The new Labor government set about implementing wide-ranging changes, dubbed 'The Program', which they had been planning in opposition since before the December 1972 election. Whitlam's activities at home and abroad are well documented in our collection of his records, which includes nearly 100 series held in our Sydney office. First received in 1975, the records cover Whitlam's early political life, his term as prime minister, and the dramatic events of his dismissal. The fascinating collection includes documents as well as photographs, film and audio tapes. Particular highlights are the photographs which show the active role Margaret Whitlam took as a political and prime ministerial wife, especially on their overseas trips; the comprehensive collection of Whitlam's press releases and speeches; and the correspondence between Whitlam and overseas heads of state, members of parliament, and 'fellow Australians'. Whitlam on the web! PM Gough Whitlam with President Richard Nixon during his visit to the USA, 1973. NAA: M151, 51 PM Gough Whitlam farewelled in style on his China visit, 1973. NAA: A8746, KN15/11/73/15 Explore our online resources on Gough Whitlam, his government and their records at whitlam.naa.gov.au.