Bob Hawke

Politician from Australia

Bob Hawke Robert James Lee "Bob" Hawke AC GCL (born 9 December 1929) is a former Australian politician who served as the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991. After a decade as president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, he entered parliament as a Labor MP at the 1980 federal election and became Prime Minister within three years, leading Labor to victory at four consecutive federal elections: 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990. Hawke was defeated as Labor leader in a 1991 spill against Paul Keating. He is Labor's longest-serving Prime Minister and Australia's third-longest-serving Prime Minister. Hawke was born in Bordertown, a small town in South Australia near the Victorian border. His father Clem was a Congregationalist minister; his uncle, Albert Hawke, was Labor Premier of Western Australia between 1953 and 1959 and was a close friend of Labor Prime Minister John Curtin, who was in many ways Bob Hawke's role model. Hawke's mother, Ellie, had an almost messianic belief in her son's destiny and this contributed to his supreme self-confidence throughout his career. Both his parents were of Cornish origins and he himself has stated that his background is Cornish. This led the  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Robert James Lee "Bob" Hawke
Date of birth
Place of birth
Blanche d'Alpuget Hazel Hawke
Robert Hawke Jr. Stephen Hawke Roslyn Hawke Susan Pieters-Hawke

Political career

Party From To
Australian Labor Party


Institution From To
University College, Oxford 1953 1955
University of Western Australia 1947 1953
Perth Modern School
Australian National University 1956
University of Oxford

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