03 July - 20 December 2024


Not just a fan –
Bob Hawke and the language of sport

3 july 2024 -
20 december 2024 

The Hon Bob Hawke AC's enduring passion for sport was part of what made him so beloved by the Australian public. As a fan and active participant in many leisure activities, sport was an important part of his identity as a man, politician, and leader. He understood sport was a way to foster national pride and build connections with people – everyone from voters in local communities, to other politicians and even the Queen. Sport was a means he used to connect with world leaders, conduct diplomacy and promote Australia around the world.

Hawke also understood that the sporting arena could be used as a vehicle for enacting change. As President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Hawke brought politics into sport when he encouraged anti-Apartheid protests during the 1971 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia. As Prime Minister he reintroduced the Prime Minister’s XI cricket matches against touring teams to strengthen international relations. Hawke also led opportunities through sport, including his promotion of cricket for The National Aboriginal XI team and Crusaders Cricket Australia, and his support for golfer, Jack Newton, charity fundraising.

Not just a fan – Bob Hawke and the language of sport is an exhibition that celebrates Hawke’s social and political achievements through sport. Exhibits include a selection of papers and objects sourced from collections housed at the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library.

This exhibition complements the permanent exhibition: Advancing Australia Fair: Bob Hawke and his Government 1983-1991.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke with the National Aboriginal Cricket Team, taken at the PM's XI vs National Aboriginal Cricket Team match, held at Manly Oval, Sydney 13 January 1988.

Presented by
The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and
the bob hawke prime ministerial library


While the views presented by speakers within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia, or The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future. The Hawke Centre reserves the right to change their program at any time without notice.