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Bob Hawke Gallery

Bob Hawke Gallery

43 Woolshed Street, Bordertown SA 5268
Work: (08) 87521044

Bob Hawke, Blanche D'Apuget & Mike Stewart & The Big Band in Bordertown (2011)

Bob Hawke is one of Australia’s most iconic Prime Ministers – and he was born right here in 1929 while his father, Clem, was posted in Bordertown as the Congregational Minister.

Robert James Lee (Bob) Hawke was born on 9 December 1929 in Bordertown, South Australia. He was the younger of the two sons of Congregational minister Clem Hawke and Ellie (Lee) Hawke, a former teacher.

In 1939, after Bob Hawke’s 18-year-old brother Neil died, the family moved to Perth, Western Australia and settled in the suburb of West Leederville. 

The Bob Hawke Gallery features a collection of photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, paintings and memorabilia acknowledging and celebrating Bordertown as the birth place of our former Prime Minister. The collection also includes a portrait of Bob Hawke by artist Michael Henwood.

Bob and Blanche were last in Bordertown to open the redeveloped Tatiara Civic Centre. At the opening Bob lead the 500 strong crowd in a rendition of Walkzing Matilda (which you can see below). 

Also, while you are here, why not take a ‘selfie’ with the bronze bust of Bob that stands in front of the Civic Centre and share it with us. Tag #BordertownBob

Keep scrolling for some fast facts about our former PM.


Robert James Lee HAWKE

Born: 9 December 1929, Bordertown, South Australia

Education: Perth Modern School; University of Western Australia (1947–53); Oxford University (1953–56)

Employment: Research officer and advocate, Australian Council of Trade Unions (1958–80)

Memberships: Congregational Youth Fellowship; Student Christian Movement; Australian Labor Party Club (University of Western Australia); Australian–Overseas Student Club; Australian National University Council; Reserve Bank Board, the Australian Population and Immigration Council; Monash University; Australian Council for Union Training; Australian Refugee Advisory Council; Governing Body, International Labour Organisation

Marriage: Hazel Masterson, 3 March 1956, Trinity Church, Perth (divorced 1995); Blanche d’Alpuget, 1995

Children: Susan (1957), Stephen (1959), Roslyn (1960), Robert (1963)

Honours: Companion of the Order of Australia (1979) 

Terms as PM: 11 March 1983 – 20 December 1991

Terms as MP:  House of Representatives: 25 November 1980 – 20 February 1992 (Wills); Leader of the Opposition: 8 February – 11 March 1983

Political memberships: Australian Labor Party; Australian Council of Trade Unions; Australian Labor Party Federal Executive (1971–78) President (1973–78)

Quiz facts

  • Prime Minister but never a minister;
  • Leader of the Opposition for only one month;
  • Election win in 1983 (75 seats of the 125 House of Representatives seats and 30 of the 60 Senate seats) greatest Labor electoral win since John Curtin led the Labor victory in 1943 (49 of 75 House of Representatives seats and 19 of 36 Senate seats);
  • Longest serving Labor Prime Minister with four terms in office;
  • Like John Curtin, overcame an alcohol addiction and remained teetotal while in office as Prime Minister;
  • The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre was established at the University of South Australia

These fast facts come to you directly from the National Archive. 

If you are interested in Bob Hawke, you may also want to visit Hawke House .

Image: Bob Hawke, Blanche D'Apuget and Mike Stewart and the Big Band at the opening of the Tatiara Civic Centre (2011). Photo courtesy of Border Chronicle. 


Opening Hours

Monday 09:00AM - 05:00PM
Tuesday 09:00AM - 05:00PM
Wednesday 09:00AM - 05:00PM
Thursday 09:00AM - 05:00PM
Friday 09:00AM - 05:00PM
Saturday 09:30AM - 11:30AM
Sunday Closed


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Tatiara District Council

43 Woolshed Street

Bordertown SA 5268

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Morning Loaf Bakery

81 North Terrace

Bordertown SA 5268

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Tolmer Park

North Terrace

Bordertown SA 5268

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Keith Institute

Heritage Street

Keith SA 5267

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Don Moseley Park

Memorial Avenue

Keith SA 5267

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