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Gough Whitlam with Lieutenant White and Major Rowe in Hoa Long village, Vietnam, August 1966.

Gough Whitlam with Lieutenant White and Major Rowe in Hoa Long village, Vietnam, August 1966.


NAA: M155, B8

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"Hughes has not been regarded as a very reliable politician and has made many enemies. He is very small and nervous, very Welsh, able active and determined ... he will make, I think, one of the best war ministers in the Empire."

Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson to Herbert Asquith, 1915