Australian Historical Art Fund & Heritage Government Residences

Prime Ministers

Tony Abbott   Sept 2013 - Present

The Hon. Tony Abbott was sworn in as 28th Prime Minister of Australia on 18 September 2013 following a Federal election. Prior to the election of the Coalition Government on 7 September 2013, Mr Abbott had been Leader of the Opposition since 1 December 2009.

The Prime Minister is the head of government and leader of the executive government. He or she leads the party or parties that command majority support in the House of Representatives. The Prime Minister is the chief adviser to the Governor-General.

Since The Australiana Fund was established many items of Australiana acquired by the Fund have been placed in the residences of the Prime Minister and Governor-General.

"[The four Official Residences] are more than just homes for the Prime Minister and Governor-General of the day. They provide the back drop for events of national and international significance as well as being showcases of Australian artistic and historical achievement for the many thousands of visitors to see and enjoy. Since its establishment in 1978, The Australiana Fund has not only raised the necessary funds to support its activities, but has located close to 200 items to fulfil the practical and decorative needs of these important historic establishments."

Hazel Hawke in an excerpt from The Australiana Fund Collection 1988

The Fund collects items of Australian significance and also memorabilia related to Australian politics and to Prime Ministers. Collecting items which relate to previous Prime Ministers is one of the Fund's current priorities. For example, the Terracotta bust of Australia's first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, by Nelson Illingworth c.1901 is part of the collection.


The Honourable Kevin Michael Rudd MP  June 2013 - Sept 2013

The Honourable Julia Eileen Gillard MP  2010 - June 2013

The Honourable Kevin Michael Rudd MP  2007 – 2010

The Honourable John Winston Howard OM AC SSI  1996 – 2007

The Honourable Paul John Keating  1991 – 1996

The Honourable Robert James Hawke AC GCL  1983 – 1991

The Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL PC   1975 – 1983

The Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC  1972 - 1975

The Right Honourable Sir William McMahon PC GCMG CH  1971 - 1972

The Right Honourable Sir John Grey Gorton PC GCMG AC CH  1968 - 1971

The Right Honourable Sir John McEwen PC GCMG CH  1967 – 1968

The Right Honourable Harold Holt PC CH  1966 – 1967

The Right Honourable Sir Robert Gordon Menzies PC KT AK CH FAA FRS QC  1949 – 1966

The Right Honourable Joseph Benedict Chifley PC  1945 – 1949

The Right Honourable Francis Michael Forde PC  1945 – 1945

The Right Honourable John Joseph Curtin PC  1941 - 1945

The Right Honourable Sir Arthur William Fadden GCMG  1941 – 1941

The Right Honourable Sir Robert Gordon Menzies PC KT AK CH FAA FRS QC  1939 – 1941

The Right Honourable Sir Earle Christmas Grafton Page PC GCMG CH  1939 – 1939

The Right Honourable Joseph Aloysius Lyons PC CH  1932 – 1939

The Right Honourable James Henry Scullin PC  1929 – 1931

The Right Honourable Stanley Melbourne Bruce, Viscount Bruce of Melbourne CH MC FRS PC  1923 – 1929

The Right Honourable William Morris Hughes PC CH KC  1915 – 1923

The Right Honourable Andrew Fisher PC  1914 – 1915

The Right Honourable Sir Joseph Cook PC GCMG  1913 – 1914

The Right Honourable Andrew Fisher PC  1910 - 1913

The Honourable Alfred Deakin  CBE  1909 – 1910

The Right Honourable Andrew Fisher PC  1908 - 1909

The Honourable Alfred Deakin CBE  1905 – 1908

The Right Honourable Sir George Houstoun Reid PC GCB GCMG KC  1904 – 1905

The Honourable John Christian Watson  1904 - 1904

The Honourable Alfred Deakin CBE  1903 - 1904

The Right Honourable Sir Edmund Barton PC GCMG QC KC  1901 – 1903