The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

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VALE THE HONOURABLE ROBERT JAMES LEE HAWKE, AC, GCL,  1929- 2019
FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA, 1983-1991

The University of South Australia is deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke AC.

Bob will be deservedly remembered among Australians in general, and this University in particular, not only as a politician of great talent and principle but as a man who was passionate about education and the opportunities it offered to people everywhere. 

Bob was closely associated with this university from its very early days. As the only Australian Prime Minister to be born in South Australia, he very generously allowed us to build The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and he remained a committed supporter who became a great friend.

In retirement he gave us the benefit of his wisdom as we grew into our new role and was unfailing in his support for education, for peace and for interfaith dialogue, and for Australia and its people.

As a Hawke Centre supporter I have no doubt that you mourn his passing but take heart from the great good that you, and he, have done to encourage new thinking about civil societies, for opening access to the public to some of today’s greatest thinkers and leaders of social reform through the Hawke Centre.

Those of us who knew Bob well were always struck by his warmth and energy and his passion for public service. The thoughts expressed and the memories recounted by so many people in the press to date paint a clear picture of a much loved and greatly admired man.

We are all poorer for his passing, but will continue to benefit greatly from his legacy.

A Memorial Book is available for people to sign in The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre's Kerry Packer Civic Gallery City West campus. 

The exhibition Advancing Australia Fair - Bob Hawke and his Government 1983 – 1991 is also open in the gallery, including photographs and film from the Hawke Library archives.  

 

Professor David G. Lloyd
Vice-Chancellor and President
University of South Australia

Full Obituary
University of South Australia Press Release

Image Credit: Randy Larcombe

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