Bob Hawke’s family home added to State Heritage Register

Bob Hawke’s family home added to State Heritage Register
Thursday 19 August 2021

The childhood home of former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke was today added to the Western Australian State Register of Heritage Places.

The 1920s red brick and tile house on Tate Street in West Leederville was home to Mr Hawke for 14 years, from the age of 10 until he left home as a young adult in his early 20s.

Records show the house was built in 1929 and had only three owners before the State Government purchased the three-bedroom residence last year to acknowledge its associations with Labor's longest serving Prime Minister.

The house is largely unchanged with many of its original internal features remaining intact, including Australiana themed stained-glass windows, timber joinery, rear sleepout, outhouse and outside laundry.

Internally the house retains distinctive features of the period, such as dark stained and varnished joinery to all the main rooms, original brass door plates and knobs, window latches and casement stays.

The house is also associated with long serving Western Australian politician Bert Hawke, who served as Premier from 1953 to 1959, inspiring and mentoring his nephew Bob towards a political career.

The home will be owned and maintained by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage on behalf of the Western Australian community and will remain under residential lease.

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