Whitlam Institute

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The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University is a dynamic hub of ideas, public policy, culture, history & civic engagement. Our home is the beautiful, heritage-listed Female Orphan School, where we host a range of exhibitions and events, as we seek to commemorate & continue the work of one of Australia’s most respected Prime Ministers, the Hon Gough Whitlam.


Permanent Exhibition:
A Changing Australia: The Time of Gough Whitlam
In its first year, the Whitlam Government passed 203 bills – more legislation than any other federal government had ever enacted in a single year. This exhibition explores how Gough Whitlam and his government not only reformed Australia's laws and institutions, but changed the way Australia sees itself.