AustLit logo
William Morris Hughes William Morris Hughes i(A62174 works by) (a.k.a. Billy Hughes; W. M. Hughes)
Born: Established: 25 Sep 1862 London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 28 Oct 1952 Lindfield, Chatswood - Gordon - Castlecrag area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.


Billy Hughes was a journalist and politician. During World War I, as Australian Prime Minister, he enthusiastically promoted Australian involvement in the war and was one of the leading pro-conscription advocates. He was expelled from the Australian Labor Party in 1916, following the first unsuccessful conscription referendum. He then formed a coalition Nationalist/Liberal unity government, with Liberal leader Joseph Cook serving as his deputy.

Most Referenced Works


Last amended 21 Oct 2014 10:04:06
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: