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Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and Margaret Whitlam at The Lodge with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, 19 October 1973.

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and Margaret Whitlam at The Lodge with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, 19 October 1973.


NAA: A8746, KN30/10/73/62

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