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Harold Holt:

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Prime Minister from 26 January 1966–19 December 1967

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Title: Harold Holt
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Prime Minister from 26 January 1966–19 December 1967

Date: 1966 to 1967
Content creator: Department of Information
Notes: To learn more about records on Harold Holt in the National Archives, click the 'About' tab at the top right corner of this record.
Keywords: Prime Minister, diplomatic relations, Liberal Party, coalition, referendum, indigenous, Constitution, United Australia Party, Vietnam
Record creator: Department of Information
Reference: A1200, L59270

Harold Holt


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This is a black-and-white photograph of the Rt Hon. Harold Holt, Australia's seventeenth Prime Minister. It shows him alongside Lyndon Baines Johnson, the first United States President to visit Australia, and 'First Lady' Lady Bird Johnson in October 1966. Holt had only been Prime Minister since January 1966 after being elected leader by the Liberal parliamentarians as a result of Menzies' resignation. He is most famously known as the Prime Minister who went missing in December 1967 while swimming off Cheviot Beach in Victoria. His body was never recovered. Information about Holt's life before and during office can be found by clicking the links below.

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The National Archives has an extensive collection of photographs and documents relating to Harold Holt. Here are some links to help you get started:

  • Discover more about Harold Holt on Vrroom
  • Information about Harold Holt before and during his term as Prime Minister
  • Explore the National Archives' records relevant to Harold Holt
  • RecordSearch and PhotoSearch online databases allow searching of the National Archives' collection
  • If you would like to learn more about Australia's leaders from Federation to the present day, you can explore the National Archives' Australia's Prime Ministers website

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