Sir John Kerr's letter dismissing Gough Whitlam as Prime Minister, 11 November 1975

Sir John Kerr's letter dismissing Gough Whitlam as Prime Minister

This is a copy of the letter that Sir John Kerr handed to Prime Minister Gough Whitlam informing him that he and his government had been dismissed.

The letter was lying face down on Sir John Kerr's desk when Gough Whitlam entered his study in Government House around 1.00pm on 11 November 1975. After a short exchange of words, the Governor-General handed the letter to the Prime Minister, indicating that his commission had been terminated.

This copy is contained within a file that gathers together many documents and notes relating to the Dismissal.

This record can be viewed in the National Archives RecordSearch database.

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