Hughes, Edward Leslie

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Hughes was born in Christchurch in 1886. Trained as an engineer, he served on the Western Front during the World War I as a sapper in the 18th N.Z. Reinforcements. He saw action in Messines and Etaples, in early January 1918 he was hospitalised and sent to England to recuperate and eventually to New Zealand, where he was discharged in September 1918.
He married Olive Frances Price in June 1924 and farmed at Hillfoot, Oakura. He died 14 Dec.1965, aged 79 years and is buried at the Returned Services Graves, Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth.
The collection comprises four diaries with transcripts, describing daily events of a soldier serving in Belgium and France, letters to his family, ephemera, including paybooks and photographs, and a manuscript history of Oakura.
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  Box 1

Accession list from the Taranaki Museum Artifact Register listing artifacts associated with E. L. Hughes.

Notebook. Inscribed on page ends; E. L. Hughes, Major Stevens & Coates. Includes engineering notes. Undated.

Notebook. Inscribed E. L. Hughes, Major Stevens & Coates, Sydney 1/4/13. Contains engineering notes and diagrams.

Diary. First entry 9 Mar.1916 'Offered services for Exped. Force', last entry 31 Dec.1916.

Soldier's diary.26505 Corp. E. L. Hughes 15th New Zealand Field Engineers inscribed on front cover. Describes daily events Jan. 1917 to Dec. 1917.

Soldier's diary. E. L. Hughes 26505 inscribed inside flap. Describes daily events January 1918 to November 1918. Inside front cover are two medal ribbons, not identified.

Letters. Correspondence from E. L. Hughes to family in New Zealand. Folder 1: , 1916 - April 1917. Folder 2: May 1917- July 1917. Folder 3: August 1917 - December 1917.

Folder 4: 1918 plus (a.) Greetings card and letter sent to Olive Price from Will Newton, 18 Sep.1918 and 15 Dec.1918. b.Welcome home card from The Salvation Army, Toll bridge tickets (2), Allies Excursion Ticket ; Great Britain to Imperial Palace, Berlin, offering free passage, clothing, money supplied by the Government. Undated.

Map. Linen backed map of Nord de la France, Beligique, Ouest. Name E. L. Hughes 2 N.Z.E.F. inscribed on front.

Guidebooks.(5 items) Amesbury, Bournemouth, Edinburgh Castle, Pictures in His Majesty's Collection, Hampton Court Palace and Guide to Madame Tussaud's exhibition. Inscribed with initials E. L. Hughes 1917 and 1918.

Soldier's pay book for use on active service for Edward Leslie Hughes from April 15 1916 to 29 March 1918.

Soldier's pay book for use on active service for Edward Leslie Hughes from March 29 1918. (A81.920)

Notebook cover. Initials L. H. in gold on cover. (A81.923)

  Box 2

Ring binder. Includes clippings from newspapers and magazines of native plants. Many of the clippings are articles written by L. W. McCaskill. Undated.

Notebook. Contains handwritten notes on New Zealand plants, plus some newspaper clippings associated with specific plants. Undated.

Scrapbooks. Two Taranaki telephone books 1961-1962, used for newspaper cuttings from the Taranaki Herald early 1960's plus handwritten notes, an order of procession for the Okato Centennial celebrations, 13 Mar. 1965 and speech notes 'At Oakura', 12 Nov.1964.

Notebook. Historical index. Contains entries that relate to Hughes' Taranaki history interests.

Minute book. Handwritten notes on Taranaki history. Last pages of this book used for recording dairy farm cream results 1955-56.

Folder. (a) New Zealand Education Department Standard Certificate for Edward Leslie Hughes 1896-1907. (b) Circular. From Canterbury College, Christchurch, awarding Edward Hughes a scholarship for tuition at the School of Art. 19 Feb.1901.

(c) Certificate of Honour awarded to E. L. Hughes for the junior writing class annual examination. 1902. (d) Ration book. Issued to G. H. Hughes, Oakura October 1946. (e) Letter and newspaper clippings. To Mr Hughes from Mrs E. Campbell in reply to a letter by Hughes to the newspaper regarding the date of discovery of Dawson Falls by Thomas Dawson. 5 May 1848.

(f) Draft of letter. To the Taranaki Daily News, Stratford re the propagation of Pohutukawa (Metrosideros Tomentosa) seeds. Undated. (g) Christmas card from Jannice (?) Miller. 1950. (h) Certificate New Zealand Founders Society. Edward Leslie Hughes as an associate member. 10 May 1963.

Postcards. Views of Christchurch, N.Z., some postcards sent to E. L. Hughes, C/o Arnold & Co., 16 O'Conner St., Sydney, have been written on, circa 1913.

Postcards. Views of Australian locations, Albany, Western Australia, Jenolan Caves, N.S.W. and postcards of Aboriginal people, N.S.W., some postcards have been written on, circa 1914.

Postcards. Of Trentham Camp, Lower Hutt and the 18th New Zealand Engineers, plus a postcard of the ship HMNZT Willochra. Circa 1916.

Postcards. Colombo, Sierra Leone, Cape Town and Dakar. November and December 1916.

  Box 3

Manuscript. E. L. Hughes diary 14 Oct.1916 to 14 Dec.1916 written while on board a troopship from Wellington, New Zealand to Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Transcript of diary Oct-Dec 1916. plus transcript (4p.) of part of a diary June 5/17-June 8/17 describing the battle around Messines, France .

Manuscript. a. The Oakura story. Handwritten notes on stories and identities from the Oakura area sourced from various publications and personal reminiscence. Undated. b. List of common and botanical plant names. Undated.

Transcripts. Diaries and letters of E. L. Hughes transcribed by Yvonne Fitzmaurice (daughter) with annotations by transcriber;

1.) Biographical information on Edward Hughes ,diary 1916 Trentham Military Camp 2.) Wednesday 15 Nov.1916-31 Dec.1916 at sea 3.) Letters 1916 to family 4.) Letters 1917

5.) Letters 2 April 1917- 6.) Diary 5 June 1917 - 1 Sept.1917

7.) Letters 16 June 1917 - 30 July 1917 8.) Letters, France 7 Aug.1917 - 4 Oct.1917 9.) Letters 14 Oct.1917-30 Dec.1917

10.) Letters 6 Jan.1917/18-2 Mar.1918 11.) Letters 16 Mar.1918-13 July 1918.

Transcripts. Transcription of personal war diaries, 1916-1918 by Yvonne Fitzmaurice.

Album. Film negatives taken 1916-1917, contains subject index.

Photographs. Copy prints, made by Y. Fitzmaurice.

Edward Henry Hughes, Grace Hannah Hughes, Olive Adelaide Allison nee Hughes, Edward Leslie Hughes, D'arcy Arthur Stanley Hughes, Annie Doris Main nee Hughes, Edward Leslie Hughes and William Stanley Hughes.

Photographs. Copy prints of etchings by E. L. Hughes and annotated illustrations from La Guerre Illustree. The originals held by Y. Fitzmaurice.

Photocopy of letter sent to the Archivist, Taranaki Museum accompanying the transcripts and photographs copied by Y. Fitzmaurice. 22 Aug.1986.

  Box 4

Postcards. Views of localities in Scotland and England. Some postcards have annotations, circa 1917-1918. France and Belgium, circa 1917. Oatland Park House and New Zealand Hospital, Walton-on-Thames (Felix) and New Zealand Soldiers Club, London, circa 1917. Pictures from Sumner, Christchurch, N.Z. 27 June 1924 and assorted illustrations circa 1926.

  Box 5

Photographs (3). Mt. Donna Buang and Acheron Tracks, Victoria, Australia and Koala Bears postcard from Auntie Tot [Hughes], Adelaide. Undated.

Photograph Albums (4). Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne photographs, circa 1912. Sydney, 25 Jan.1913. Sydney and Melbourne, 5 Dec.1913. Assorted Christchurch and Sydney photographs. Undated.

  Box 6

Photograph album. Trentham Military Camp, Cape Town, Freetown and Dakar, circa 1916.

Photograph album. Photographs of the Christchurch Fire 6 Feb.1908, views of Christchurch, members of the Hughes family. c.1900's.

Photograph album. Photographs of Christchurch area, members of the Hughes family. c.1900's.

Photograph. Group portrait of the 15th N.Z.E. 1916 at Trentham Military Camp. Signatures of group surround the photograph.

Photograph. Group portrait of the 18th N.Z.E. 1916 at Trentham Military Camp. Names of group on the back of photograph.

Photographs. Views of New Plymouth and surrounding areas, family photographs including Oakura School Jubilee 1957, Tataraimaka School 1937, New Plymouth Boys High School IV G. 1 1940.

Photographs. Family of Captain Joseph Price of Banks Peninsula.

Wedding invitations. Lorraine and Milton Benton, Lois and David, 4 June 1960, Lorraine [Meuli?] and Jim, 7 Jan.1961.

Photographs. Taken of E. L. Hughes at Trentham Military Camp 1916, as Home Guard 1940's. Re-photographed by Yvonne Fitzmaurice, November 1986.

Photographs. Trentham Military Camp and Edinburgh 1916-1917. Includes photographs of Hughes wearing gas-mask and kit.

Photographs. Hughes family. Various dates.

Photographs. A.Y. Fitzmaurice and son Alastair c.1964.

Photograph negatives (4).

Photographs. New Zealand views.

  Box 7

Box list of miscellaneous photographs. Includes photographs of the Price family and home on Rugby Rd.Tariki, the Hughes family and Hillfoot Farm, Oakura. Westown Golf Club, the Radar Station, Oakura, Parihaka c.1930. Wrights Farm, Okoki and an interior view of Nellie Avery's dining room.

  Box 8


Includes photographs of New Plymouth Boys High School, Awakino Valley road and Gorge tunnel,and Mokau coal mines and river, Mahoenui and Mapiu. Calendars from 1948 and 1950.

  Box 9

Includes photographs of; Floral Festival at Pukekura Park, Copies of Auckland Weekly News photographs of the Duke and Duchess of York's visit, 1927.Trooper from the Hawera Volunteer Rifles, Oakura School Jubilee, 1957, Overhead Railway Bridge, New Plymouth. Oakura Pavillion, Kaitake Women's Institute, 1938, Kaitake Golf Club, Campbell and Enderby Island. Programme cards for the Awakino Bachelors (1919) and N.P. High School Old Boys Assoc. Ball (1932). Service Cars in the Taranaki Region circa 1920.

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