Richard Barrett – artist and sculptor
Made at the Hughes Community Shed
This sculpture honours the service of local Australian Defence Force service men and women from the Hughes and Canberra community. It depicts the three badges of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force.
The twelve panels are inscribed with Morse Code. The Morse Code spells out the names HUGHES, as well as the 23 streets named after military personnel in the Hughes suburb.
Funded with the support of the ACT Government Office of Seniors and Veterans.
Thanks to the following for their support: Innovate Metalworx https://innovativemetalworx.com.au/ and ACT Powder Coating Service https://www.pcsact.com.au/.
What is Morse Code?
Morse Code is a system for representing letters of the alphabet, numerals, and punctuation marks by an arrangement of dots, dashes, and spaces.1
It was invented by Samuel F.B. Morse during the 1830s as a form of telecommunication.
HUGHES …. ..- –. …. . …
William Morris Hughes was Australia’s 7th Prime Minister. He is most famous for being Australia’s Prime Minister during the First World War, where he was given the nickname ‘The Little Digger’. He served in a number of appointments in government and opposition, and a range of political parties. He served for 58 continuous years in state and federal politics, which remains the record.2
Feature Name: HUGHES PLACE
Commemorated Name: HUGHES
Given Names: WILLIAM MORRIS (BILLY)
Birth Year: 1862
Death Year: 1952
Biography: Prime Minister, 1915-23; MLA, New South Wales from 1894 to 1901; MHR from 1901-52; served continuously for fifty-eight years in Parliament including as Member of the Advisory War Council, 1940-45. William Hughes’ role as Prime Minister during World War I earned him the nickname of `The Little Digger’.3
Find out more information about the sculpture, morse code and the streets featured HERE.
• ACT Maps https://app2.actmapi.act.gov.au/actmapi/index.html?viewer=pn
• Australian War Memorial search https://www.awm.gov.au/advanced-search
• National Museuem of Australia https://www.nma.gov.au/