| Hazel Hawke|
Paul Keating's ex-wife
| Anna Johanna Maria van Iersel|
5 October 1948 (age 67)
Oisterwijk, Noord Brabant, Netherlands (1948-10-05)
Australian National School of Arts
Paul Keating (m. 1975–2008)
Australian National School of Arts (1998–2001)
Katherine Keating, Patrick Keating, Caroline Keating, Alexandra Keating
Paul Keating, Katherine Keating
Annita van Iersel Wikipedia
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.
Born in Oisterwijk, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, she studied languages in Paris and London. She worked at KLM as a flight attendant.
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.
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.
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.