UNSW Canberra John Howard Prime Ministerial Library

UNSW Canberra John Howard Prime Ministerial Library

Please note, while restrictions put in place to respond to COVID-19 are easing, there may be some changes to business-as-usual to keep workers and visitors safe. Please contact the business for the most up to date information, including opening times and social distancing measures.

Hosted by UNSW Canberra, and located within Old Parliament House, the John Howard Prime Ministerial Library houses more than 10,000 items of personal papers, official records, political memorabilia, photographs, and documents from John Howard’s political career, from 1974 to 2007.

Reflecting John Howard’s view of politics as a contest of ideas, the Library presents the collection to highlight the challenges and priorities of his government.

The Library is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • A piece of the collection. Howard's distinctive Tracksuit
    John Howard Tracksuit
  • Used by Howard to greet visiting dignitaries
    Howard's Chesterfield
  • Gifted by the then Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Howard Californian Bear
  • Bouy from HMAS Manoora that was involved in the Tampa crisis
    HMAS Manoora Life Buoy



Mon-Fri: 9.30am-4.30pm




Disabled access available, contact operator for details


UNSW Canberra John Howard Prime Ministerial Library

18 King George Terrace, Old Parliament House, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia



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Non Smoking Establishment