Gorton, John, (Sir) (1911-2002, )

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Gorton, John, (Sir) (1911-2002)
Gorton, John (1911-2002, )
Gorton, John Grey, (Sir) (1911-2002, )
Gorton, John Grey, (Sir) (1911-2002)
Gorton, John Grey (1911-2002, )
Gorton, Sir John Grey, (Sir)
Gorton, Sir John Grey, (Sir) (1911-2002, )
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Prime Minister; Past Member of the Australian Federal Parliament; Senator; Senator for Victoria; MP; Member for Higgins, Victoria; Senator for
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Senator for Victoria, 1950–68 (Liberal Party of Australia)

John Gorton, the only Australian prime minister to come from the Senate, was judged variously to be ‘a national disaster’, who was ‘utterly unfitted for the post’; a man ‘ahead of his time’; and the leader who ‘could have been our greatest prime minister’. He was also described, with some accuracy, as the Liberal Party’s ‘only true maverick prime minister’.

John Grey Gorton was born on 9 September 1911, in Prahran, Melbourne. His father was John Rose Gorton, an orchardist, who had run a night club in South Africa and had escaped from the siege of Ladysmith during the Boer War, before eventually landing in Perth, Western Australia. His mother was Melbourne-born Alice Maria Sinn. His parents seem to have provided a stable and strong family environment though they could not marry, as John Rose’s wife, Kathleen O’Brien, from whom he was separated, refused to agree to a divorce. John Grey was the second of the two children born to John Rose and Alice, his sister Ruth living with Kathleen. John Rose and Alice resided at Edgecliff, Sydney, where John attended the local preparatory school. This secure existence ended when Alice died in September 1920, and John was sent to live with Kathleen and Ruth. Until that time, he had never met Kathleen, and believed his sister to be dead.[1]

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John Gorton "had an attractive, knock-about egalitarianism which resonated powerfully with a great many Australians."That is the view of someone from the other side of politics - Bill Hayden, who made...

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  1. Sir John Gorton interviewed by Justin Macdonnell
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1986 ]
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    Sir John Gorton interviewed by Justin Macdonnell
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  2. John Gorton interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1976 ]
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    John Gorton interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection
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  3. John Gorton interviewed by Mr Robinson in the Harold Holt collection
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1966 ]
    At National Library
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  4. John Gorton : an Australian nationalist
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Book : 1974 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  5. John Gorton interviewed by Clarrie Hermes in the Parliament's oral history project
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1985 ]
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    John Gorton interviewed by Clarrie Hermes in the Parliament's oral history project
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  6. John Gorton interviewed by David Beetson on radio in the John Gorton collection
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1968 ]
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  7. John Gorton interviewed by Andrew Gaczol
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1995 ]
    At National Library
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  8. John Gorton : an Australian nationalist / John Gorton interviewed by Des Power
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound, Government publication : 1974 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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  9. Papers of Sir John Gorton
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Unpublished : 1959-2003 ]
    At National Library
    Papers of Sir John Gorton
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  10. John Gorton interviewed by Geoff Raymond and John Boland on 'This Week' on HSV-7 in Melbourne on Sunday, 6 July 1969 in the John Gorton collection
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1969 ]
    At National Library
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  1. [John Gorton speaking to Julie Dyson (rear) and Hansard typists]
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1970 ]
    At APMC
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  2. [Biographical cuttings on Sir John Grey Gorton, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  3. Sir John Gorton interviewed by Justin Macdonnell
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1986 ]
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    Sir John Gorton interviewed by Justin Macdonnell
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  4. John Gorton interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1976 ]
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  5. John Gorton interviewed by Mr Robinson in the Harold Holt collection
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1966 ]
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  6. John Gorton : an Australian nationalist
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Book : 1974 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  7. John Gorton interviewed by Clarrie Hermes in the Parliament's oral history project
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1985 ]
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    John Gorton interviewed by Clarrie Hermes in the Parliament's oral history project
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  8. John Gorton interviewed by David Beetson on radio in the John Gorton collection
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1968 ]
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  9. John Gorton interviewed by Andrew Gaczol
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound : 1995 ]
    At National Library
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  10. John Gorton : an Australian nationalist / John Gorton interviewed by Des Power
    Gorton, John, Sir, 1911-2002
    [ Sound, Government publication : 1974 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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    [ Poster, chart, other : 1970 ]
  3. Portrait of John Gorton
    [ Photograph : 1968 ]
    Portrait of John Gorton
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  1. Sir John Grey Gorton, 1961
    [ Unpublished : 1961 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. [Gorton, John Grey (Sir) : programs and invitations ephemera material collected by the National Library of Australia]
    [ Published : 1900 ]
    At National Library
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  3. [Letter] Canberra [to] M. Carroll
    Gorton, John Grey, 1911-2002
    [ Unpublished : 1972 ]
    At UQ Library
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  1. The Right Honourable Sir John Grey Gorton, GCMC, AC, CH : 9 September 1911 - 19 May 2002
    Australia. Parliamentary Library
    [ Book, Government publication : 2002 ]
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  2. The Rt. Hon. John G. Gorton : full text of his press conference, December 11, 1968
    Gorton, John, 1911-2002
    [ Book : 1968 ]
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  3. What will this man do next?
    National Union of Australian University Students
    [ Book : 1969 ]
    At National Library
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  4. The power struggle / by Alan Reid
    Reid, Alan (Alan Douglas), 1914-1987
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  1. Gorton operation
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Friday 15 September 1978 p 3 Article
    ... Gorton operation Sir John Gorton, a former Prime Minister, was recovering from a minor surgical ... 39 words
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  2. Gorton remarries
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Monday 26 July 1993 p 12 Article
    ... Gorton remarries SYDNEY: Former Liberal Prime Minister Sir John Gorton remarried on Saturday in the ... Sydney suburb Vaucluse. Sir John, 81, wed Nancy Home, the widow of Commander Ian Macgregor, who died in ... 53 words
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  3. Decriminalise marihuana, says Sir John Gorton
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Tuesday 17 November 1981 p 3 Article
    ... Decriminalise marihuana, says Sir John Gorton Sir John Gorton, a former Liberal Prime Minister ... prices. Sir. John, who has just become patron of the National Organisation for Reform of Marihuana Laws ... 249 words
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  1. Gorton. -Sir John Gorton-
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    [ Article : 1982 ]
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  2. Sir John Gorton
    Costello, Peter; Liberal Party of Australia
    [ Article : 2002 ]
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  3. Rt. Hon Sir John Gorton GCMG AC
    Crean, Simon; Australian Labor Party
    [ Article : 2002 ]
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  4. DEATH OF SIR WILFRED KENT HUGHES - TRIBUTE BY THE PRIME MINISTER, MR JOHN GORTON
    Gorton, John
    [ Article : 1970 ]
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    At PM Transcripts
    DEATH OF SIR WILFRED KENT HUGHES - TRIBUTE BY THE PRIME MINISTER, MR JOHN GORTON
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  1. Australian Prime Ministers: John Gorton
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  2. John Beattie family etc, Tas
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    John Beattie family and related families, Tas

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  1. Sir John Gorton dies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. News
    [ Sound : 2002 ]
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  2. Australia remembers Sir John Gorton
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. News
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  3. Sir John Gorton
    [ Video : 1997 ]
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  4. John Gorton : an Australian nationalist / interviewed by Des Power
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  1. Morris family papers, 1944-2014
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    [ Map : 1944-2014 ]
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  1. FIRST QUARTERLY LIST OF REGISTERED CATTLE BRANDS. UNDER THE REGISTRATION OF BRANDS ACT OF 1866.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Monday 16 November 1868 [Issue No.281 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 4083

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    ... . I A John Arrowsmith, Croon Park, Dungog William Moore, Wallaby, Booligal Angus McLeod, Tinonee Wm ... . Bowsell, Bowling Alley Point Agas J. Rose, Clifton, Douglass Park John Connal, Ingalba, Walcha Archd ... 142611 words
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  2. REGISTRATION OF BRANDS ACT OF 1866. FIRST QUARTERLY LIST OF REGISTERED HORSE BRANDS.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 18 August 1868 [Issue No.202 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 2611

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    ... Atkinson, Green Yalley Creek, Tambaroora John Patrick, Degilah, Mundooran |Wm. Smith, The Forest ... , Booligal William Moore, Wallaby, Booligal John M'Donald, Crabbie Creek, Merriwa Thomas Arndell, Caddai ... 147710 words
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    New South Wales Police Gazette and Weekly Record of Crime (Sydney : 1860 - 1930) Wednesday 4 December 1907 [Issue No.49] p 425

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    ... Caddis, charged on warrant with assaulting John Burgess, thereby occasioning actual bodily harm, has been ... Maitland Police. Committed for trial at East Maitland Sessions. Admitted to bail. Grant Lees and John ... 1507 words
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