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Helen Beatrice Hughes (1915–1937)

from Advocate

Advice that Miss Helen Hughes, the 21-year old daughter of the Ministor for Health (Mr. W. M. Hughes) and Dame Mary Hughes, died suddenly in London on Monday has been received.

A cable message from the High Commissioner (Mr. Bruce) to the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) stated that Miss Hughes died during an acute abdominal operation.

Miss Hughes was one of the most popular members of the Sydney younger set, and went to London for the Coronation.

Few Australian girls were better known to the Royal family. As a child she captivated King George V. and Queen Mary knitted her garments. When the Duke of Gloucester was in Australia she danced with him frequently.

Mr. Hughes and Dame Mary Hughes arrived in Mildura from Sydney on Monday night for the town's jubilee celebrations. The news reached them by telephone from Canberra early this morning.

Mr. Hughes cancelled his engagement to open the King George V. memorial at Merbein. He will decide tomorrow his immediate movements.

Federal Ministers telegraphed their condolences to him and Dame Mary Hughes.

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Helen Hughes, 1936

Helen Hughes, 1936

State Library of Queensland, 102817

Life Summary [details]


10 August, 1915


9 August, 1937 (aged 21)
Beversbrook, Derbyshire, England

Cause of Death

childbirth complications

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

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