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Whitlam Institute Open Day

  • Female Orphan School (map)

You're invited to the Whitlam Institute for a day of lectures, discussions, workshops, and a peek into the treasures of the Prime Ministerial Collection.

At the Whitlam Institute we strive to be a nationally significant institution delivering distinctive, bold and inspiring policy research and programs that promote common ground, inclusive national identity and civic engagement for all Australians. Our goals, across the many different activities we perform, are to honour and keep the Whitlam legacy alive; to empower Australians to be active participants in democratic life; to create more inclusive public policy engagement with a particular focus on social justice and social democracy; and finally, to create a space for intellectual and cultural engagement for the people of Western Sydney.

We invite you to find out more. Full Program available here.

Open Day Activities

  • Whitlam Institute Talks - Whitlam Institute Chairman, the Hon. John Faulkner, will share his thoughts on the contemporary relevance of the Whitlam legacy, and Whitlam Institute Director, Leanne Smith, describing the context of the Institute’s public policy themes - Australia in the World and the Future of Australian Democracy, plus Q&A: Contemporary Relevance, Comrade - Patricia Amphlett will MC an interactive Q&A discussion where everyone's invited to share their questions and personal recollections on the Whitlam legacy and its influence on today’s Australia. 

  • Visit The Whitlam Prime Ministerial Reading Room; and our permanent exhibition A Changing Australia: The time of Gough Whitlam

  • Free guided tours of the Female Orphan School
  • Tour: Discover Prime Ministerial Treasures - featuring the original Letter of Dismissal - Join our archivist for a behind-the-scenes look at the treasures and unexpected delights in the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection. Discover the fascinating personal and political stories behind these extraordinary objects, including what has been described as one of the most significant pieces of writing in Australian political history - the letter that sacked a Prime Minister. A rare opportunity. Bookings essential, ages 12+

  • Curator's Guided Tour of the Blaze Exhibition with Dr Penny Stannard - Curator of Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders, Dr Penny Stannard, explores the stories of a selection of NSW women who were leaders and trailblazers in public sector work, alongside the perspectives of women working in key public sphere roles today. Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders is a new exhibition curated and produced by State Archives and Records NSW, presented in our Margaret Whitlam Galleries until 27 July 2018

  • Civics Education Workshop demonstrations - Join a mini-workshop to see how the Whitlam Institute is empowering young people to constructively participate in civil society. Our program is helping produce a generation of citizens who confidently wield their vote and their voice, by increasing their understanding of their rights and responsibilities as students, community members, Australians, and citizens of the world. 

  • View Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders  

PLEASE NOTE: This is a FREE EVENT and there will be plenty to see and do for everyone, however some of the special activities listed do require registration as they have a capacity limit.

Register here.

Whitlam Institute Open Day 2018

Transport & Parking Information

Bus: M52, 520, 521, 523, 524 and 525 bus services operate between Parramatta station and the University.

Train: Parramatta station is 10 minutes by bus from the University. Rydalmere station on the Carlingford Line is also near the campus, on which trains generally run hourly in each direction. 

Car: WSU has advised that vehicle parking for the event will be provided free of charge at the Parramatta South campus in parking bays marked with blue lines.

Please note: Parking in red bays is not permitted.