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Did The Earth Move For You Too, Dear…

This is one of the most loved of Peter Nicholson’s cartoons featuring the Whitlams.

Gough and Margaret Whitlam were in China in 1977 when a severe earthquake struck. At first, the Whitlams’ whereabouts was not known.

Nicholson’s cartoons drew some criticism at the time for being in poor taste. As Peter Hartcher of the Sydney Morning Herald reported in 2014: “Gough bought the original, framed it and hung it over the marital bed. The Whitlams had a sense of humour. And Gough was entirely at home with great tectonic shifts.”

Nicholson