Biographical entry: Kerr, John Robert (1914 - 1991)

Sir, Knight of the Order of Australia (AK), Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG), Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO), Queen's Counsel (QC)

24 September 1914
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
24 March 1991


John Kerr served as the eighteenth Governor-General of Australia from 11 July 1974 to 8 December 1977. While Governor-General, he famously dismissed the Labor government of Gough Whitlam and approved a double dissolution of Parliament.

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