Prime Minister’s Desk #1999-0857
Rectangular black bean veneer desk with mitre corners and dark brown vinyl veneer sides and back; two drawers on the left hand side with spherical brass handles; an attendant’s button panel on the right hand side with a black plastic draw pull, and a draw underneath.
The Prime Minister’s Desk was installed in the Prime Minister’s Office after its remodelling and extension in 1972-73. The desk was used, and is still located, in the Prime Minister’s office in the eastern front section of the building, and was last used by Bob Hawke who served as Australia’s twenty-third Prime Minister from 1983 to 1991. The Prime Minister’s Desk is also associated with Bob Hawke’s predecessors Gough Whitlam, who served as Prime Minister from 1972-1975, and Malcolm Fraser, who served in the role from 1975-1983.