"Australia's 21st prime minister and a titan of the Australian Labor Party,
Edward Gough Whitlam, has died, aged 98.Mr Whitlam leaves a legacy of unprecedented and unmatched change in Australian politics."
Obituary: former prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98
It would have been ironic had Gough lived till 100,because every Australian gets a letter from the Queen of England when they reach that milestone.
And of course it was the Queen through the Governor General who kicked Gough out of his Prime-minstership of Oz.
It's been a year of great men passing from a world they gave so much to so many people.