Billy Hughes bottle stopper

Mashman Bros. Ltd.

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Canberra, Australia

William Morris Hughes (1862-1952) was Labor and National Party Prime Minister of Australia from 1915 to 1923. An English immigrant, before becoming Prime Minister he helped to found several major trade unions, but he was expelled from the Labor party in 1916 for supporting conscription. He won the 1917 election for the new National Party. During his life-long parliamentary career, he was also expelled from the National and United Australia Parties; he ended his days in a Liberal seat. His small stature, large ears and pugnacious manner made him a favourite of caricaturists, notably David Low, whose manic heads of Hughes this bottle stop resembles.


  • Title: Billy Hughes bottle stopper
  • Creator: Mashman Bros. Ltd.
  • Physical Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.6 x 6.1 cm
  • Provenance: Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Purchased 2009
  • Rights: https://www.portrait.gov.au/form-image-request.php
  • External Link: https://www.portrait.gov.au/portraits/2009.88
  • Medium: Ceramic and cork

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