Gough Whitlam Condolence Book


Remembering Gough Whitlam


We note, with sadness, the passing of Gough Whitlam AC,QC and send our sympathies to his loving family, Antony, Nicholas, Stephen and Catherine, their partners, and his grandchildren.

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  • signed 2014-11-06 17:50:20 +1100
  • signed 2014-11-05 22:22:59 +1100
    Gough changed the course of my life, my sister’s life, many of my friends’ lives. I am keenly aware that we are the first generation of working class Australians who could fully realise our intellectual, financial, and personal potentials as university rather than primary or high school graduates. I will always be grateful for the doors Gough has opened for myself, my family, and friends. I can’t imagine my life without my education (so much has it transformed me) or where Australia would be without the many university graduates from families like mine. I am incensed to see the doors opened for me being gradually closed for my nieces and nephews and those who are to follow them. Best and Grateful Regards Brad Rogers BA, GradDip Asian Studies, MBA.
  • signed 2014-11-03 23:41:49 +1100
    Even as a child I was thrilled when Gough was elected and devastated by his dismissal. Thank you, Gough, for your groundbreaking and visionary tenure as PM, and my sincere condolences to your family and friends.
  • signed 2014-10-31 18:04:02 +1100
    Gough, you gave us education. Thank you.
  • signed 2014-10-31 13:06:03 +1100
    In memory Gough Whitlam, to his family heartfelt condolences. From a long past of support to and from the Greeks, you encouraged our family to stay positive and strong leading my late husband Theo, and our father to great heights of which Australia at the time would otherwise not have embraced, and for the first time in 1977 City of Collingwood had their first Greek ‘New Australian’ Mayor, then in ‘78 in the Victorian Parliament "he stood and gave his maiden speech in Greek to show (the others mocking his accent) his words had real meaning. ’He would’ve creamed them had he been in Greece’ one said. You called him the ‘iron man’ his name ‘sidiro’ meaning iron in Greek, we will remember you Gough, giving a “mighty roar when you opened doors and gave us radio TripleJ, SBS, and Medicare”.. these being my lyrics to my song you inspired me to write ‘A better world’. You have made an imprint of humanity on us all and, for all Australians, to remember, cherish and continue the legacy. Thank you Gough Whitlam, RIP Gone but never forgotten! Theo also was given a memorial rather than a state funeral which you attended – you both would be chuckling from above not caring any less, rather concentrating on more important matters like health, education and equality for all. Immense gratitude and respect from family of the late Theo Sidiropoulos, friend, supporter and former MLA for Richmond)
  • signed 2014-10-27 12:23:15 +1100
    RIP Gough – a true hero who loved Australians and we inturn loved you – thank you for all you achieved for us all
  • signed 2014-10-27 10:40:46 +1100
  • signed 2014-10-26 23:25:16 +1100
    Thank you Gough, you were a visionary who made Australia a better place to live and took care of those less fortunate.
  • signed 2014-10-26 18:42:29 +1100
  • signed 2014-10-26 12:26:13 +1100
    As a conscientious objector to conscription, a believer in equity & a staunch republican, I whole heartedly supported your vision for Australia.

    Sadly your government’s tenure was short and beset by enormous obstacles from the “establishment”….but you soldiered on.

    You ignited passion for an equal & just Australian society – for which we are still fighting.

    Thank you for your persistence, determination and for the opportunities you have given to so many Australians.
  • signed 2014-10-26 07:58:44 +1100
    A wonderful couple and Gough did so much for our country in such a short time. Always grateful for his insight, determination and ongoing input.

    A man ahead of his time.

    Pauline White

  • signed 2014-10-26 01:56:20 +1100
    Witth bottom of my harth

    I send me sorrow sympathies to his loving family, Antony, Nicholas, Stephen and Catherine, their partners, and his grandchildren
  • signed 2014-10-25 23:30:35 +1100
    Gough’s vision for a fairer Australia provided me with the opportunity to study at university; the first in my family. He represents the highest ideals of the Labor Party.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-10-25 23:11:08 +1100
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  • signed 2014-10-25 23:09:00 +1100
    Whitlam made some changes that have proven to be very beneficial for Australia and its population. May the Lord God Bless his soul and his family so that he can rest in peace. But he will never be forgotten.
  • signed 2014-10-25 18:13:01 +1100
    I turned 18 the year Gogh was elected in 1972. I began my teacher training and was privileged to receive a scholarship and free education. Thank you for introducing Medibank and supporting equal pay for women.

    He steered the course of my future.
  • signed 2014-10-25 15:43:22 +1100
    Goodbye and thank you for making Australia for all Australians a better, fairer and modern place. Your legacy will never be forgotten.
  • signed 2014-10-25 05:29:20 +1100
    An inspirational man who lived his beliefs
  • signed 2014-10-24 21:54:58 +1100
    A Great man of wonderful foresight into Australia’s problems 25 years ahead of any Prime Minister since, He was for all us Australians, immigrants,Workers and Native Australians Rights
  • signed 2014-10-24 20:45:54 +1100
    Edward Gough Whitlam is dead. Long live his ideas and ideals.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-10-24 18:52:59 +1100
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  • signed 2014-10-24 18:52:14 +1100
    I send my condolences to the family of Gough Whitlam and note his sad passing on Tuesday; on behalf of myself and my family. R.I.P. Gough Whitlam.
  • signed 2014-10-24 18:26:05 +1100
    Thank you for changing our lives, and for showing us there is a different way ….
  • signed 2014-10-24 18:18:03 +1100
    Truly a great man.

    Thank you with all my heart for making enormous changes to the lives of thousands of Australians.

    You will always be remembered

    Valerie Grills

  • signed 2014-10-24 17:16:55 +1100
    This is what Josephine, my sister in law, wrote and as she is in Europe – am posting it on her behalf.

    " I was only seven when you came to power and though a child I recognised your great message which has never left me.

    Only true great souls can move generations as you did.

    My children learn from you now. You embody Australia’s incorruptible soul. You came way before your time as masters often do, leaving your inevitable footprint in our present and in our future.

    Australians will prosper because of you, history cannot be denied.

    God bless you Gough Whitlam.

    RIP "
  • signed 2014-10-23 21:25:38 +1100
  • signed 2014-10-23 20:15:31 +1100
  • signed 2014-10-23 17:26:55 +1100
    So greatly admired and loved by so many. A man with real vision!
  • signed 2014-10-23 17:07:51 +1100
    Remembering a giant of a man who made this country what it is today.Not immortal but eternal.
  • signed 2014-10-23 16:04:07 +1100
    Gough -

    You were the great visionary who dragged our nation out of the 50’s and into the 70’s in three short years.

    Thank you for my free university education. Thank you for free healthcare. But more importantly, thank you for building a nation of which I could be proud.

    You will ever be the giant of Australian politics.