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A look around Canberra – Hughes

By Alexandra Craig 25 September 2015


The suburb of Hughes in the Woden Valley is situated around the middle of Curtin, Phillip, Garran, and Deakin. It was named after former Prime Minister (according to the suburb sign ‘controversial Prime Minister’) William ‘Billy’ Hughes. The suburb was gazetted on 20 September 1962.

Hughes is one of those suburbs that I knew wasn’t exactly cheap, but I didn’t realise how expensive it actually was. The median property price for 2015 is almost $800,000 and the median non-unit price is $900,000! It’s really had a huge jump, even in the last 12 months. Last year, the median unit price was under $385,000 – this year that price has nearly doubled at over $721,000. Whaaaat!

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For a swanky suburb, you’d assume the shops would be kind of upmarket. Hughes shops are not upmarket. They’re not derelict either, just a bit quiet and unassuming. There’s an IGA, a takeaway (has anyone been there? Is it good?), a bakery/cafe, and a chemist.

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A few metres up from the shops I came across this statue. It actually scared me at first because it was quite a sunny day and looking through squinted eyes I thought it was a real person! She’s life size and quite realistic besides the fact she’s entirely bronze. ‘She’ doesn’t have a name per se but the name of the artwork overall is ‘Stepping Out’. It was commissioned by artsACT in 1997 and the artists are Giovanna Ianniello and Gerard Murphy.

The streets and some of the buildings in Hughes kind of remind me of those in Dickson. There’s no real standout examples, but driving around there this week, for probably only the second time in my life, I kept thinking ‘gosh this place reminds me of Dickson’. The streets were quiet, and leafy. Hughes is a pretty nice suburb – looks like a great place to live… if you can afford it!

Quick stats
Streets are named after: WWI armed services personnel, and contemporaries of William Hughes.
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population: 2956
Population breakdown: 46.1 per cent male, 53.9 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.9
Crime: 103 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)

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