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Portrait of Mr W.M. Hughes, Prime Minister of Australia
, 1916

by J.H. Barratt & Co. Ltd, Stoke-on-Trent

photographic image on glazed ceramic tile (overall: 230 mm x 155 mm depth 8 mm)

William Morris Hughes (1862-1952) was Labor and National Party Prime Minister of Australia from 1915 to 1923. Before becoming Prime Minister Hughes helped to found several major trade unions, but the card-carrying socialist was expelled from the Labor party in 1916 for supporting conscription. Thus, he won the 1917 election for the new National Party. During the war Hughes travelled to Europe to lobby for Australian exporters and ensure a political voice for Australia; he returned from a high-profile performance at the post-war peace conferences in the persona of 'Billy' Hughes, the 'Little Digger'. During the course of his life-long parliamentary career, he was also expelled from the National and United Australia Parties, and ended his days in a Liberal seat.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of Ian Ross 2001
Accession number: 2001.185