Bob Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991, passed away late last week.
While Prime Minister, Hawke
formally opened the Australia Telescope Compact Array
, in September 1988.
As recalled in this CSIRO blog
the event started with the Narrabri band playing the theme from Star Wars while
an antenna trundled down the track to the ceremony carrying the official party.
Project Engineer John Brooks remarked to the PM’s wife, Hazel Hawke, that the
PM must go to many of these 'Opening do's' and she replied: "Not like this John, not like this!"