Tim Hughes MM
Timothy Hughes was born in 1919 at Point Pearce Aboriginal Community on Yorke Peninsula – a member of the Narannga Aboriginal community of South Australia. He served from 1939 to 1945 with 9 Platoon of the 2nd/10th Battalion. He was a ‘Rat of Tobruk’ and also saw service in Libya, New Guinea and Borneo.
Tim was awarded the Military Medal for his act of conspicuous gallantry and bravery during the advance of the battalion supporting American units at the Buna Aerodrome. His citation states that he “…showed remarkable bravery, exceptional coolness and initiative. His total disregard for his own safety set a fine example through the Platoon and also throughout the Company”.
In the 1950s Tim took up a Soldier Settlers’ farm in south-east South Australia, which he named ‘Bhoodkayana’, the traditional name of the Point Pearce Aboriginal Community lands where he came from.