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Walk 43 Heritage of Hughes

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Hughes Community Centre

Whittle Street

Hughes, ACT 2605

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Explore the heritage of Hughes

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In 1960, the land that was to become Hughes was but a sheep paddock with a dirt track running through it to the Canberra Cemetery. The Woden Valley was a blank canvas for the newly established NCDC on which to sketch the infrastructure and housing for the burgeoning numbers of public servants coming to Canberra. Gazetted in 1962, Hughes became the first suburb in the Woden Valley and provided an opportunity for the NCDC to experiment with new ideas in urban planning that would be applied in other areas of Woden and later in the Belconnen valley. On this walk we will learn more about the innovative urban design of Hughes, its pedestrian friendliness, the beauty of its tree lined streets and open spaces, the practicality of its service areas and the variety of its homes from the rather austere early government houses (“govvies”) that are still to be found in Hughes to the heritage listed, Taglietti designed Downes Place house.

We will hear tell of some of the famous, and infamous, residents of Hughes and reminisce about the experience of living in Hughes in the early years when it was considered a remote outpost of Canberra proper. The 3 km walk is for the most part along level footpaths, with shady spots along the way to pause and take stock of the beauty of Hughes. Copies of the ‘The Neighbourhood of Hughes’, a fascinating history of the suburb, will be available for purchase to support Immune Deficiencies Foundation Australia.

Note that this will start at 8.30 a.m. to avoid the possible heat.

Walk Leaders: Jenny Tyrell, a long term Hughes resident and author of ‘The Neighbourhood of Hughes’ and Simon Hermes, an early resident of Hughes.

Meeting Place: Park in Whittle Street Hughes (behind Hughes shops) and meet at Billy Hughes Memorial (outside entrance to Hughes Community Centre, at the north end of Hughes shops)

Bad weather:  Unless otherwise advised by email, the leader will be at the meeting point where a decision will be made as to whether to proceed or postpone.

Note:  For the comfort and safety of other walkers, we do not allow dogs on our walks.

Audio tour guide system: we will be using our new audio tour guide system to help the hard of hearing and to assist in physical distancing. We have two types of earphones - one fits over the ear (not in) and the other over the head. You are welcome to bring your own earphones (with a normal phone jack ie not an Apple lightning connector). The receivers and earphone will be sanitised and you will also be asked to use hand sanitiser before use. The use of the system is optional.

Price: Please note that, as previously advised, from January 2021, ticket prices will be $15 per person to cover part of the cost purchasing and maintenance of the new audio system. In addition, funds raised by our activities such as Heritage Walks go towards supporting the work of the National Trust in other areas. We think this still represents good value for money as you can hear from a variety of guides with expertise in their subjects.

COVID-19 safety:  Please check the current ACT health guidelines on protecting yourself and others before booking on this walk.  Please note that you must cancel if you are unwell (a refund will be provided on request); you should maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres from other people during the walk and observe good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs. If required, your contact details will be provided to health authorities.  For this reason, we are now asking for your phone number. Hand sanitiser will be available before and during the Walk.

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Hughes Community Centre

Whittle Street

Hughes, ACT 2605

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