Mrs Margaret Whitlam AO

While saddened at this time of farewell, all here at the Whitlam Institute take great comfort in the memories and stories of Margaret’s life in which we have been privileged to have shared in a small way.

As Senator John Faulkner, Chair of the Whitlam Institute and family friend, said, “Much will be written and said about Margaret Whitlam in the days to come. I would simply say at this time that Margaret Whitlam was a woman of great intellect, wit and integrity; a true servant of the Australian people. She has been a most gracious friend and generous supporter of the Whitlam Institute and will always be remembered here at the Institute with the greatest fondness and warmth

We have assembled a modest tribute to Margaret Whitlam here on this webpage, drawing on the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection. We expect to offer a more permanent recognition of this great Australian at a later date.

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Margaret Whitlam speeches and documents


Margaret Whitlam Parliamentary Tributes

Margaret Whitlam Chair in Social Work
The Margaret Whitlam Chair in Social Work was established in 2010 at the University of Western Sydney to recognise the energy and commitment Mrs Margaret Whitlam AO had demonstrated throughout her career to work for social justice. In 1948 Mrs Whitlam graduated in Social Studies from the University of Sydney, and qualified as a Social Worker. She was employed as the sole social worker at Parramatta District Hospital from 1964 to 1967, and throughout her long and active life she continued to give generously to the community in a multitude of ways.
Professor Natalie Bolzan and Mrs Margaret Whitlam AO at the 2011 Gough Whitlam OrationMessage from Natalie Bolzan, the inaugural professor in the Margaret Whitlam Chair
The Social Work program at , privileged in having its professorial chair named for Margaret Whitlam, is saddened by her passing and renews its commitment  to ensuring her passion for social justice and egalitarian principles will live on in its programs, students and graduates.

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