Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library (BHPML), Adelaide

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Authorized form of name

Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library (BHPML), Adelaide

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library, University of South Australia, Adelaide


  • University

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Street address

Hawke Building, University of South Australia, City West Campus, 50-60 North Terrace, Adelaide Postal address: GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, SA 5001




South Australia

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Postal code



1300 137 659




Description area


The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library was established by the University of South Australia in December 1997 as an integral component of the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre. The Centre honours Bob Hawke, a third generation South Australian and one of the most notable Prime Ministers of Australia.

The Library is the first Australian prime ministerial library to be established during the lifetime of the prime minister concerned, and is the home of the Bob Hawke Collection.

The role and objectives of the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library are to:

  • describe and manage a unique collection of scholarly and research materials and memorabilia
  • provide research services and access to the Library's resources to historians, researchers, students and the general community
  • interpret and highlight themes from the Hawke era through public exhibitions, educational displays and online presentations
  • foster research and publication to further raise the profile and significance of the Hawke era.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Manager - Jane Angel

Records management and collecting policies

The Library focuses on the public contribution of Prime Minister Robert James Lee Hawke, 1983-1991, providing and managing a repository of archival records, published materials and memorabilia in all formats relevant to the life and time of Bob Hawke.

In addition the library has focused on two designated colleagues from the Hawke Ministries, Rosemary Crowley and Chris Hurford.



The library's archival collection contains the unpublished papers and other records of Bob Hawke with the major collection being original documents consisting of private papers, not deemed Commonwealth or State records. The archival collection is predominantly paper based but does include photographs, newspaper cuttings, posters, sound recordings and other audiovisual materials related to Bob Hawke.

The Library has also acquired the personal papers, photographs and memorabilia of South Australian former federal parliamentarians, Senator Rosemary Crowley and Chris Hurford, Member of the House of Representatives.

The Library has a collection of published materials, primary and secondary reference sources and realia.

Quantity: 186 m archival records; 45 m government and published material.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Friday 9am- 5pm by appointment only, via email or telephone.

Access conditions and requirements

Items can be viewed in the library but not borrowed and taken out of the library.
For further information or to access the collection, contact Ask the Library (


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available.

Reproduction services

Copying services available.

Public areas

Control area

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Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 6 March 2019




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Hawke Building, University of South Australia, City West Campus, 50-60 North Terrace, Adelaide
Postal address: GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, SA 5001
Adelaide, South Australia 5000