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John Howard, Janette Howard and their children at the launch of the Liberal Party campaign for the 1987 federal election.

John Howard, Janette Howard and their children at the launch of the Liberal Party campaign for the 1987 federal election.


NAA: A6135, K30/9/87/25

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01 Feb 1961 ‘No fault’ divorce
01 Feb 1984 Medicare
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26 Jan 1949 Australia’s first citizens
26 Jan 1958 Nuclear startup
26 Jan 1966 17th Prime Minister
26 Jan 1972 A tent embassy
30 Jan 1924 Cabinet in Canberra
30 Jan 1945 11th Governor-General
31 Jan 1929 The Warrigal
31 Jan 1968 Independent Nauru

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WM Hughes, 1941