- Gough Whitlam Oration
- What Matters? Writing Competition
- The Economy
- Impacts of High Stakes Testing
- Human Rights and Public Life
- Young People and Democracy
- Federalism and Australian Schooling
- The Impact of Government Contracts
- Past Projects
- Schools Program
Billy Hughes At War
A Museum of Australian Democracy travelling exhibition in association with the Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
This exhibition explored William Morris (Billy) Hughes' journey to become Prime Minister, and his leadership during the First World War.
A complex and controversial figure, he was known as a man of extremes, inspiring admiration and provoking hatred in equal measure. His attempts to introduce conscription caused huge rifts, in political parties and the nation. Hughes supported the British Empire but also stood up for Australian interests against other Allied leaders at the negotiations for the Peace Treaty at Versailles in
France. Hughes often disregarded social and political conventions, yet won support with his eloquence and wit. He was shrewd and wily, and became known, for his championing of the Australian troops, as ‘The Little Digger’.
Billy Hughes at War was developed by the Museum of Australian Democracy and the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne with funding from The Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Presented between August 4 and August 29, 2010
Of extra interest to history buffs is the setting of the exhibition in the historic Female Orphan School, overlooking the Parramatta River at UWS – just one of a number of interesting historical buildings on campus. Built in 1813, it is Australia’s oldest institutional building, and has been beautifully restored so that much of its fascinating historical and architectural detail can be enjoyed.
The Whitlam Institute is grateful to those who have generously supported us in mounting this exhibition:
The University of Western Sydney Office of Engagement and Partnerships