An insight on the life of Gough Whitlam from a long-time friend

Gordon Jaques long-time friend of the late Gough Whitlam. Photo: STEPH KONATAR.THE late Gough Whitlam touched many lives, today Dubbo’s Gordon Jaques reflected on the time he spent with him at university.
Nanjing Night Net

He was saddened to hear of the former prime minister’s death and wanted to pay tribute to a great man.

Mr Jaques met Mr Whitlam as a freshman studying law in 1939 at St Paul’s College at the University of Sydney.

Mr Whitlam was a second year law student, captain of the debating team and him and Mr Jacques became good friends.

Mr Jaques was also a friend to the Dovey family, particularly Bill and his sister Margaret Dovey.

Margaret Dovey of course came to be Gough’s wife of almost 70 years.

Mr Jaques said he “looked a leader” even in university.

“What I liked about him is that he strode through St. Paul’s College as though he owned the place,” he said.

“He got the room next to his at college made into a living room and had an archway cut out of it.

– Gordon JaquesThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.


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