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Annita van Iersel

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Preceded by  Hazel Hawke
Name  Annita Iersel
Succeeded by  Janette Howard
Role  Paul Keating's ex-wife
Nationality  Australian
Occupation  Artist

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Full Name  Anna Johanna Maria van Iersel
Born  5 October 1948 (age 67) Oisterwijk, Noord Brabant, Netherlands (1948-10-05)
Alma mater  Australian National School of Arts
Spouse  Paul Keating (m. 1975–2008)
Education  Australian National School of Arts (1998–2001)
Children  Katherine Keating, Patrick Keating, Caroline Keating, Alexandra Keating
People also search for  Paul Keating, Katherine Keating

Marriage location  Oisterwijk, Netherlands

Anna Johanna Maria "Annita" van Iersel (born 5 October 1948), known as Annita Keating from 1975 to 1998, is a Dutch-born Australian artist and former wife of Paul Keating, former Prime Minister of Australia.


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Early life

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Born in Oisterwijk, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, she studied languages in Paris and London. She worked at KLM as a flight attendant.


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While working with Alitalia, she met Paul Keating, then an aspiring young politician. They married on 17 January 1975. Her parents later joined her in Australia.

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While her husband was Prime Minister (from 1991 to 1996), their four children spent part of their teenage years at The Lodge, the Prime Minister's official residence in Canberra. Van Iersel was well travelled, and this, along with her knowledge of five languages, proved a valuable diplomatic asset, especially in support of Sydney's bid for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Art career

In 1998, Annita and Paul Keating separated. That same year she enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts course, majoring in photography, at the Australian National School of Arts in Darlinghurst, Sydney. She graduated in 2001. In March 2008 she was scheduled to exhibit a series of paintings – oils on Belgian linen – that she created in her studio on the Hawkesbury River.

They did not formally divorce until 2008, though she had resumed her maiden name of van Iersel long before then.


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