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Rt Hon Harold Holt
Harold Holt 1967.jpg
17th Prime Minister of Australia
In office
26 January 1966 – 17 December 1967
Preceded by Robert Menzies
Succeeded by John McEwen
Personal details
Born 5 August 1908(1908-08-05)
Sydney, New South Wales
Died 17 December 1967(1967-12-17) (aged 59)
Point Nepean, Victoria
Political party Liberal

Harold Edward Holt (5 August 1908 – 17 December 1967) was the 17th Prime Minister of Australia. He became Prime Minister after the retirement of Robert Menzies. He supported the United States in the Vietnam War. He disappeared while swimming at a beach in Victoria in December 1967. His body was never found. Many urban Australian myths surround his disppearance.

On the day of his disappearance, the guards at the gate of Point Nepean told Percy Cenulty, who held a camp that day at Point Nepean, that Harold Holt wasn't in the car that went through the gate. Theories state that Harold never went to the beach that day. The second night, the Springvale Necropolis was surrounded by military For the whole night. This has not happened ever before and since.

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