Jack Duncan-Hughes

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Jack Duncan-Hughes

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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Boothby
In office
16 December 1922 – 17 November 1928
Preceded byWilliam Story
Succeeded byJohn Price
Senator for South Australia
In office
19 December 1931 – 30 June 1938
Preceded byHarry Kneebone
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wakefield
In office
21 September 1940 – 21 August 1943
Preceded bySydney McHugh
Succeeded byAlbert Smith
Personal details
Born(1882-09-01)1 September 1882
Watervale, South Australia
Died13 August 1962(1962-08-13) (aged 79)
Political partyLiberal (1922–25)
Nationalist (1925–31)
UAP (1931–43)
Alma mater

John Grant "Jack" Duncan-Hughes MC (1 September 1882 – 13 August 1962) was an Australian politician.

Personal life[edit]

Born at Hughes Park near Watervale, South Australia, John Grant Duncan-Hughes was educated at St Peters College in Adelaide, and then at the University of Adelaide and Cambridge University. He died in 1962.[1]


In 1907, he became a barrister, and served with the British Army's Royal Field Artillery in 1915-1918. He was awarded the Military Cross in the 1918 Birthday Honours, and the Croix de guerre from Belgium.[2]

He was aide-de-camp and secretary to the Governor-General before entering politics. In 1922, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Boothby, defeating sitting Nationalist MP William Story. Duncan-Hughes and his fellow Liberals were running largely on a platform of opposition to Prime Minister Billy Hughes. When Hughes resigned to make way for Stanley Bruce as Prime Minister, the Liberal Party dissolved and its members joined the Nationalists. He held Boothby as a Nationalist until his defeat in 1928. After serving as a United Australia Party senator for South Australia from 1932 to 1938, Duncan-Hughes returned to the House in 1940 as the United Australia Party member for Wakefield. He was defeated in 1943 and became a lawyer.[1]


  1. ^ a b Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Ex-Member Dies". Canberra Times. Australian National University. 15 August 1962. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
William Story
Member for Boothby
1922 – 1928
Succeeded by
John Price
Preceded by
Sydney McHugh
Member for Wakefield
1940 – 1943
Succeeded by
Albert Smith