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Visits to the US by Australian Prime Ministers

Visits to the United States by Australian Prime Ministers

There has been a long standing and close relationship between Australian and United States leaders.  The US Office of the Historian, Department of State list the following visits by Prime Ministers and Governor Generals to the United States since Federation.

Visitor

Description

Date

Prime Minister Hughes

Met with President Wilson en route to Imperial Conference meetings in London. Arrived in U.S. May 13; visited New York City.

May 27–30, 1918

Prime Minister Lyons

Discussed economic policy while returning from Great Britain. Arrived in U.S. July 7, visited New York City.

July 8–9, 1935

Governor General Lord Gowrie

 

August 22–23, 1938

Prime Minister Menzies

For a series of conferences on economic relations.

May 9–12, 1941

Prime Minister Curtin

Guest of U.S. Government en route to London for a conference of British Commonwealth Prime Ministers. Arrived in U.S. April 19. Revisited U.S. June 2–6 on return.

April 23–29, 1944

Prime Minister Chifley

Guest of U.S. Government on return from Conference of Commonwealth Prime Ministers in London.

May 6–10, 1946

Prime Minister Menzies

Met with President Truman en route to London.

July 27–August 3, 1950

Prime Minister Menzies

Informal discussions en route to London.

May 16–21, 1952

Prime Minister Menzies

Met with President-elect Eisenhower in New York City.

December 17, 1952

Prime Minister Menzies

Official visit. In New York City March 5–9; visited Canada March 9–13. Addressed U.S. Congress March 16. Private visit after March 17.

March 13–20, 1955

Prime Minister Menzies

Unofficial visit following Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference in London. In New York City July 21–26.

July 31–August 5, 1956

Prime Minister Menzies

Discussed the Suez Crisis with President Eisenhower and senior U.S. officials.

September 14–15, 1956

Prime Minister Menzies

Met with President Eisenhower; discussed East-West disarmament talks.

October 1–2, 1960

Prime Minister Menzies

Informal visit; discussed Laos crisis with President Kennedy. In U.S. February 22–27.

February 24, 1961

Prime Minister Menzies

Informal visit. In the U.S. June 14–21; visited New York City and San Francisco.

June 17–20, 1962

Prime Minister Menzies

Informal visit while attending UN General Assembly.

September 24–26, 1962

Prime Minister Menzies

Informal visit. Arrived in U.S. July 2, visited New York City and Charlottesville (Virginia).

July 8–10, 1963

Prime Minister Menzies

Informal visit. Afterwards visited New York City. Departed U.S. June 13.

June 6–9, 1965

Prime Minister Menzies

Met informally with President Johnson while returning from Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference in London.

July 6, 1965

Prime Minister Harold E. Holt

Informal visit while en route to London. Also visited New York City. Departed U.S. July 6

June 28–29, 1966

Prime Minister Harold E. Holt

Informal visit during return trip from London.

July 13–14, 1966

Prime Minister Harold E. Holt

Official visit.

June 1–2, 1967

Prime Minister John G. Gorton

Official visit. In U.S. May 23–31; visited Honolulu, San Francisco, and New York City.

May 26–28, 1968

Prime Minister John G. Gorton

Official visit. In U.S. May 1–8; visited Williamsburg.

May 5–8, 1969

Prime Minister William McMahon

Informal visit. Met with President Nixon November 2.

October 30–November 4, 1971

Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam

Private visit while en route to Commonwealth meeting in Canada.

July 30, 1973

Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam

Private visit.

October 4, 1974

Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam

Private visit.

May 7, 1975

Prime Minister John Malcolm Fraser

Official visit. Afterwards made a private visit to New York City and Boston.

July 27–29, 1976

Prime Minister John Malcolm Fraser

Official visit. Private visit to New York City afterwards.

June 21–23, 1977

Prime Minister John Malcolm Fraser

Private visit. Met with President Carter January 2.

January 1–3, 1979

Prime Minister John Malcolm Fraser

Private visit while en route to Europe. Met again with President Carter February 7, on return.

January 31, 1980

Prime Minister John Malcolm Fraser

Official visit.

June 29–July 1, 1981

Prime Minister John Malcolm Fraser

Private visit. Met with President Reagan May 17

May 16–18, 1982

Prime Minister Robert J. L. Hawke

Official working visit. Private visit to New York City afterward.

June 11–15, 1983

Prime Minister Robert J. L. Hawke

Official Working Visit. Private visit to New York City afterward.

February 5–7, 1985

Prime Minister Robert J. L. Hawke

Official Working Visit.

April 15–18, 1986

Prime Minister Robert J. L. Hawke

Official Working Visit. Addressed joint meeting of U.S. Congress June 23. Private visit to Texas afterward.

June 22–24, 1988

Prime Minister Robert J. L. Hawke

Official Visit.

June 24–27, 1989

Prime Minister Paul Keating

Met with President Clinton during a private visit.

September 12–15, 1993

Prime Minister Paul Keating

Attended APEC meeting in Seattle.

November 18–21, 1993

Prime Minister John Howard

Working visit.

July 9–13, 1999

Prime Minister John Howard

Official working visit. Commemorated the 50th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty.

September 8–12, 2001

Prime Minister John Howard

Addressed a Joint Session of Congress.

June 11–13, 2002

Prime Minister John Howard

Working visit.

February 8–10, 2003

Prime Minister John Howard

Official select visit at Crawford, Texas.

May 1–3, 2003

Prime Minister John Howard

Working visit.

June 2–4, 2004

Prime Minister John Howard

Working visit.

July 17–19, 2005

Prime Minister John Howard

Official visit.

May 12–17, 2006

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Working visit.

March 27–April 1, 2008

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Attended the G-20 Economic Summit Meeting.

November 14–15, 2008

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Working Visit.

March 24, 2009

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Attended the G-20 Economic Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

September 24–25, 2009

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Working Visit.

November 30, 2009

Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Working visit. Addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.

March 7, 2011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Attended the Asia-Pacific Economic and Cooperation Summit at Honolulu and Kapolei, Hawaii.

November 10–13, 2011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Attended the NATO Summit Meeting in Chicago, IL.

May 20–21, 2012

Prime Minister Anthony J. Abbott

Working visit.

June 12, 2014

Prime Minister Malcolm B. Turnbull

Working Lunch.

January 19, 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm B. Turnbull

Met with President Obama at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York City.

September 19, 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm B. Turnbull

Met with President Trump at the U.S.S. Intrepid Museum in New York City.

May 4, 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm B. Turnbull Met with President Trump at the White House. February 23, 2018