Wartime Australians: Billy Hughes

Wartime AustraliansBilly Hughes was Australia’s prime minister for most of the First World War. His determined “win-the-war” policy led him to split his own party and the nation over conscription for overseas service. At the Paris Peace Conference Hughes famously clashed with US President Woodrow Wilson as he fought doggedly to gain due recognition for Australia’s role in the war. In 2008 the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra held an exhibition “Billy Hughes at War“. This book was researched and written by Dr Jeff Kildea in conjunction with the exhibition. It provides an overview of the life and career of this most remarkable Australian wartime leader.

Dept of Veterans’ Affairs, 2008, pp. 52, Paperback, ISBN: 1920720960


Early Life
Activist and Politician
Politics and Polcy before the War
Australia at War
Hughes PM
Australia and the Peace
Post-war Politics
The Long Twilight