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Bob Hawke

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The Library is responsible for several Archival and Special Collections which provide a rich source of information on Australia’s political, social and public health history. The Collections focus on prominent South Australians, including Bob Hawke, the first Prime Minster of Australia born in South Australia, and aim to support research and education for UniSA students, staff and the wider community.

These Collections contain rare, fragile, archival and culturally sensitive material and are housed at the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library, City East, City West and Mawson Lakes campuses. Some collection items can be access by searching the UniSA Library Archives Catalogue and the Library Catalogue.

If you have any problems finding or using the resources described on these pages, please Ask The Library.

A Journey Through the Archive

The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library (BHPML), as part of the University of South Australia Library and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre presented a public talk and exhibition as part of the 2019 South Australia History Festival.

Spotlight On

Replica America Cup jacket

A replica of the America's Cup Jacket worn by Bob Hawke during the 1983 America's Cup celebrations after the yacht Australia II won. The replica was produced by Venlo Tailoring Services for the National Maritime Museum, Sydney.