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Margaret and Gough Whitlam with Philippines 'First Lady' Imelda Marcos at the Sydney Opera House during the visit of President Ferdinand Marcos and Mrs Marcos, October 1973.

Margaret and Gough Whitlam with Philippines 'First Lady' Imelda Marcos at the Sydney Opera House during the visit of President Ferdinand Marcos and Mrs Marcos, October 1973.


NAA: A6135, K26/10/73/26

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"Hughes ... has all the arts of a crab. When he does not wish to be drawn, he ... apparently neither gets nor answers letters."

Governor-General Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson, 1915