Anniversary of the Dismissal - Jenny Hocking Lecture

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Female Orphan School

Conference Room 1, Building EZ, Western Sydney University

Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road

Rydalmere, NSW 2116

Australia

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On the anniversary of the Dismissal, the Whitlam Institute will host a compelling talk with Professor Jenny Hocking, who will share revelations from her new book The Dismissal Dossier: The Palace Connection.

Free event, all welcome. Please register.

The latest edition of the Dismissal Dossier contains explosive new revelations. The culmination of a decade-long exploration by author and Whitlam biographer and Whitlam Institute Distinguished Fellow Jenny Hocking, this new book unravels a web of intrigue to reveal British involvement behind Kerr's actions, done in the name of the Queen. Professor Hocking will uncover the Palace connection and provide the latest on the Release the Palace Letters case.

Here is the definitive story of the most divisive episode in Australia’s history-the dismissal of Gough Whitlam’s Labor government.In her award-winning biography of Gough Whitlam, Jenny Hocking revealed the astonishing secret story of the planning and the people behind the dismissal. Never before released material from Sir John Kerr’s private papers revealed the secret role of High Court justice Sir Anthony Mason and Kerr’s collusion with Malcolm Fraser. Now, Hocking’s forensic investigations reveal explosive files in the UK National Archives that add a disturbing dimension to this untold story. Hocking reveals the Palace connection and unravels the web of intrigue behind the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s link to the dismissal of the Whitlam government in the name of the Queen. She brilliantly brings together this hidden history-a mixture of the unknown, the overlooked and the clandestine-to write a political thriller- the story you were never meant to know.

Open 11 am – 4 pm on Saturday 11 November, there’s plenty to see at the Female Orphan School.

  • 11.00 am: Professor Jenny Hocking lecture - The Dismissal Dossier: The Palace Connection
  • 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm: free tours of the stunning colonial Female Orphan School est. 1813

All day

  • Treasures from the Prime Ministerial collection for the anniversary of the Dismissal and Armistice Day. A specially curated selection of personal and official items from Gough Whitlam’s archive, with the Institute’s own Archivist on hand to answer your questions.
  • Missing - an exhibition by award-winning multimedia artist, Tianli Zu. An intriguing exploration of shadow matters, reflecting memory, time and space.
  • A Changing Australia: The Time of Gough Whitlam. An interactive, engaging exhibition that vividly recalls the dramatic and transformative years of the Whitlam Government.

Photo credit: ABC TV

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Female Orphan School

Conference Room 1, Building EZ, Western Sydney University

Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road

Rydalmere, NSW 2116

Australia

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