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Arboretum names new pavilion after Margaret Whitlam

By Barcham - 6 May 2013 31

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Margaret Whitlam has been honored by the National Aboretum today when they named their new events pavilion after the late author, reports ABC News.

Mrs Whitlam was well-known as the wife of former prime minister Gough Whitlam, and was recognised in her own right as one of Australia’s national treasures.

She was a published author, social worker and former champion swimmer, having represented Australia at the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney.

Mrs Whitlam died in 2012 aged 92 years old.

Nicholas and Judy Whitlam attended Monday’s official opening ceremony near the Arboretum amphitheatre.

The Margaret Whitlam Pavilion will be used for events and functions at the tree park.

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Arboretum names new pavilion after Margaret Whitlam
Mr Evil 1:06 pm 07 May 13

Yay, the Whitlam-cult continues – paid for by the kind taxpayers of the ACT!

So, do you exit the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion through the John Kerr Memorial doors??

HiddenDragon 12:20 pm 07 May 13

MissChief said :

Or there’s this idea…

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/follies-that-might-have-been-20130324-2go02.html

a long overdue memorial to Marion Griffin.

Another good suggestion, particularly given Marion Griffin’s aesthetic appreciation of the Canberra landscape.

Another option might have been a suitable indigenous name.

dungfungus 12:14 pm 07 May 13

Postalgeek said :

Maybe a nice quiet stroll along the R G Menzies Memorial Walk by the lake might help give this none-issue some perspective.

The reasons the NCA named the RG Menzies Memorial Walk are at this link http://www.nationalcapital.gov.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=211&Itemid=201
It’s a bit of long bow to compare Margaret Whitlam’s contribution to Canberra to that of Menzies.

MissChief 11:51 am 07 May 13

Or there’s this idea…

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/follies-that-might-have-been-20130324-2go02.html

a long overdue memorial to Marion Griffin.

Postalgeek 10:35 am 07 May 13

Maybe a nice quiet stroll along the R G Menzies Memorial Walk by the lake might help give this none-issue some perspective.

dungfungus 8:59 am 07 May 13

Benaresq said :

HiddenDragon said :

I don’t (really don’t) want to make a political point here, but there are other less prominent women who might have been more appropriate – Nancy Burbidge, for instance.

There is already a Burbridge Amphitheatre at the Botanic Gardens.

So what? There is also a Manning Clark Theatre and a Manning Clark House in Canberra (another Labor man).
Naming the buiding the Nancy Burbridge Pavilion would have been most appropriate.
The way things are going, the arboretum itself will probably be named after our current prime minister who forked out a lot of public money towards its development. Next thing they will be propagating shoots from the Tree of Knowledge to plant all over the aboretum.
And somehow the names of Stanhope and Mackay will have to be prominently involved.
I would like to know what the current expenditure is (to the nearest 100 million dollars).

MissChief 8:19 am 07 May 13

Another example of Labour using public money to glorify their own. Hopefully the building will be named something more appropriate when Labour is gone. I like the idea of a Canberra based botanist. I wonder if the Greens were asked what they thought.

Sandman 8:09 am 07 May 13

I love how this city is so accepting and positive on issues that really have no bearing on an otherwise small sheltered world.

Congratulations to the Whitlam family. I bet you’re all proud as punch to have your mother/grandmother recognized in such a way.

Benaresq 11:51 pm 06 May 13

HiddenDragon said :

I don’t (really don’t) want to make a political point here, but there are other less prominent women who might have been more appropriate – Nancy Burbidge, for instance.

There is already a Burbridge Amphitheatre at the Botanic Gardens.

dungfungus 11:16 pm 06 May 13

This sets an undesirable precedent.
The place is supposed to be an arboretum not a memorial theme park for apolitical figures.
If buildings have to be named why can’t people with a botanical or Canberra-centric background be recognised? What has Margaret Whitlam ever done for Canberra apart from being a part time resident here? I wasn’t aware she was an author either.
This move ensures the naming of other buildings there will be overweighted with people from the non-conservative side of politics. I can just imagine “The Bob Brown Biodegradable Toilet Pavillion” etc.

HiddenDragon 10:49 pm 06 May 13

I don’t (really don’t) want to make a political point here, but there are other less prominent women who might have been more appropriate – Nancy Burbidge, for instance.

Thumper 9:47 pm 06 May 13

Well you could hardly see Katie calling it ‘the Tammy Fraser centre’ or equally ‘The Janette Howard Building’…

Personally I would have gone for the ‘Hugo Chavez pavillion’.

Masquara 9:32 pm 06 May 13

Labor largesse extends to its corpses!

GardeningGirl 8:48 pm 06 May 13

Why? I don’t see any relevance.

Roundhead89 3:24 pm 06 May 13

I’m upset they didn’t call it The Hoo-Ha Pavilion. Margaret famously went on TV in 1974 – when Gough was PM and Australia was caught up in the world oil-shock recession – and said that she “couldn’t understand all this hoo-ha about inflation” which at that stage was running at 20%.

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