The National Archives of Australia created the Australia’s Prime Ministers portal website as a collaborative project. Below you can read about the portal partners.
Australian Prime Ministers Centre
The Australian Prime Ministers Centre is a key component of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. The Centre aims to provide a national focus for research and scholarship in the field of Australian prime ministerial history, thereby expanding knowledge about Australia’s prime ministers, their lives, achievements and governments.
The Centre’s collection covers a wide range of published material relating to Australia’s political history, including biographies of prime ministers and a complete set of Commonwealth Parliamentary Debates (Hansards) and Parliamentary Papers. In addition, the Centre holds a large collection of objects and ephemeral items relating to Australia’s prime ministers. The Centre works collaboratively with other institutions to improve access to primary and secondary source material on prime ministers.
Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library
The Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library at Deakin University provides opportunities for research and learning in recognition of the achievements of early Australian prime minister and statesman, Alfred Deakin. Deakin made a significant contribution to the development of Australia’s political and social institutions, including taking a leading role in the cause of federation and in the drafting of the Constitution for the Commonwealth of Australia. The Library aims to provide access to material supporting scholarship and research into Deakin, and the social, political and national context in which he lived.
Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial’s collection holds printed and written records including private papers and official records, photographs, film and sound recordings, and military heraldry and technology items related to Australia’s prime ministers.
Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library
The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library comprises a major collection of archival records, books and memorabilia related to the Hawke era. The material is mostly paper based and includes diaries, letters, speeches and newspaper cuttings. It also contains photographs, posters, sound recordings and videotapes, and a diverse collection of realia. Bob Hawke’s non-Commonwealth papers have been transferred to the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library from the National Archives.
The collection includes the archives of two selected political colleagues from the Hawke era – South Australian Senator Rosemary Crowley and Member for Adelaide, Chris Hurford, who was a member of the Hawke Ministry.
John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library
The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library forms part of the Library at Curtin University of Technology in Perth. The primary collection focus is on aspects of Australia’s history and politics connected with the life and times of John Curtin. Records relating to Curtin and his wife Elsie include personal papers, oral histories, photographs, objects, speeches, published writings, newsreel film footage and copies of official records.
The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library also holds the records of Hazel Hawke from her years in The Lodge (1983–91). These include speeches, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks of press cuttings, and interviews with Mrs Hawke and her key associates.
Malcolm Fraser Collection at the University of Melbourne
The Malcolm Fraser Collection at the University of Melbourne comprises documents, photographs, books and other material relating to the life, family and career of Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983. The collection spans Fraser’s life and interests, and includes material relating to political life and party politics, immigration and multiculturalism, human rights and racial equality, the environment, reconciliation and relations with Aboriginal Australia, and Fraser’s recreational interests – photography, cars and fishing.
National Film and Sound Archive
The National Film and Sound Archive is the national audiovisual archive. It plays a key role in documenting and interpreting the Australian experience and actively contributes to the development of Australia’s audiovisual industry. It collects, stores, preserves and makes available screen and sound material relevant to Australia’s culture.
The national collection includes more than 1.4 million items and is growing daily. Approximately 7000 of these items are directly relevant to Australian prime ministers – see the set of 26 facts sheets. In addition, the National Film and Sound Archive has two online sites that hold moving image and audio files relevant to prime ministers – australianscreen, which provides high-value curated clips for educational use and wider public interest, and the online collection search facility, Search the Collection.
National Library of Australia
The National Library of Australia’s collections are among the most important resources of materials documenting Australian cultural heritage. The collections include a rich source of primary research materials about Australian prime ministers, including diaries, letters, notebooks, transcripts of speeches, photographs, oral history recordings and publications. The Library holds the personal papers of 16 prime ministers, from Edmund Barton to William McMahon. The collections can be searched through the National Library of Australia website.
The Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection at the University of Western Sydney provides access to a wealth of information that helps illuminate the path of modern Australian democracy. Gough Whitlam has been contributing to policy and polity for more than 50 years, and continues to do so. This unique digital collection of Australian social and political history provides an extraordinarily rich and diverse overview of Australia since the early 1940s, and includes speeches, audio and video, photographs, news clippings and memorabilia.