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The portrait bust commemorates former Prime Minister Bob Hawke (1929 - 2019).

Born in Bordertown, South Australia, Hawke graduated in law and economics from the University of Western Australia and was that state’s Rhodes scholar in 1952. In 1955 he graduated Bachelor of Letters from Oxford. He joined the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) in 1958, working first as a researcher, then as a union advocate before the Arbitration Commission.

In 1970 he became president of the ACTU and for the next ten years was the most prominent figure in the trade union movement, with a reputation as a hard negotiator and an effective settler of disputes. He was also president of the Australian Labor Party from 1973 to 1978. Hawke entered federal parliament in 1980 as the Labor member for Wills in Victoria, having resigned form the ACTU.

He made a successful bid for the Labor leadership in February 1983 on the same day Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser called an early election. The electors voted Labor in and Hawke became prime minister. His government was returned at elections in 1984, 1987, 1990. He thus became the first Australian Labor prime minister to be elected for a third (and a fourth) term and the longest-serving Labor prime minister.


Address:58 Woolshed Street, Council Chambers, Bordertown, 5268
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.310606
Long: 140.773572
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Federal


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 14th April, 1987
Front Inscription

THE HON. R. J. L. HAWKE, A.C., M.P.,
       Prime Minister Of Australia.
Born : Bordertown, December 9, 1929.

This Bust Is A Gift From The Giannarelli Family
        To The Citizens Of The Tatiara

              THIS BUST
     Was Unveiled By His Father 
         REV. A. C. HAWKE
          April 14th, 1987. 

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au