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Albert Redvers George* Hawke

Date: 3 December 1900
Place: Kapunda, South Australia, Australia
Son of James Renfrey Hawke, copper miner, and Elizabeth Ann Pascoe
Uncle of Robert James Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia, 1983–1991
Marriage and Family
Married 25 September 1923, Holder Memorial Methodist Church, West Adelaide, South Australia to Mabel Evelyn Crafter (born circa 1894), daughter of Charles Henry and Elizabeth Crafter
Children: one daughter
Widowed 20 February 1967
Date: 14 February 1986
Place: Adelaide, South Australia
Cemetery: Centennial Park Crematorium, South Australia
Educated Kapunda Model School to age 14 years
Political party organiser
Employment History
Apprentice clockmaker jeweller 1914–1915
Clerk in lawyer’s office
After leaving SA Parliament employed by South Australian Harbours Department 1927–1928
Country organiser for ALP in WA 1928–1933 and during this period wrote Labor column for press
Undertook reorganisation of Timber Workers’ Union in 1930s
Joined party in Kapunda in 1916
President Peterborough branch while still in his early twenties
Date Elected
8 April 1933
Inaugural Speech
Hawke, Albert Redvers George, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Albert Hawke
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
State (WA)

  • MLA Northam 8 April 1933–23 March 1968

  • Premier 1953–1959
  • Leader of the Opposition 1951–1953 and 1959–1966
  • Minister for Employment and Labour 13 May 1936–18 April 1939; for Labour and Industrial Development 18 April 1939–9 December 1943; for Works, Water Supplies and Industrial Development 9 December 1943–1 April 1947
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition 1947–1951
  • Leader of the Opposition 3 July 1951–22 February 1953
  • Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Child Welfare, Industrial Development (from 23 February 1953–13 May 1954 and 19 December 1957–13 November 1958) 23 February 1953–2 April 1959
  • Leader of the Opposition 2 April 1959–31 December 1966

  • Chairman Select Committee on the State Government Insurance Office Bill 1937
  • Member Joint Select Committee to prepare the Case for Secession 1933
  • Member Select Committee on the Land Bill 1933
  • Member Hon Royal Commission on the Electoral Act 1934–1935
  • Member Select Committee on the Commonwealth Powers Bill 1943
Historical Notes
  • In defeating Sir James Mitchell in Northam election in 1933 became only person ever to defeat an incumbent Premier for his own seat at a parliamentary election in WA

State (SA)

  • MLA Burra Burra (SA House of Assembly) 5 April 1924–26 March 1927
  • Contested Burra Burra 1927
*Albert George Redvers on birth certificate
To Peterborough at age 18 years and became involved in cooperative movement
In retirement returned to SA in 1974
D Black and G Bolton, eds. Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia, Vol. 2, 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth 2010, p. 112-113.
Further Information
Independent, 28 December 1969.
Northam Advertiser, 21 March 1968.
Phillip Pendal, 'Hawke, Albert Redvers George (Bert) (1900–1986)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 2007, accessed online 22 December 2015.
GS Reid and MR Oliver, The Premiers of Western Australia 1890-1982, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, 1982.
West Australian, 12 April 1933, 4 July 1951, 15 February 1986.
Who's Who in Australia (1977)