ART OF AGEING: Tom has lived an extraordinary life as a military man, lawyer, father and farmer.
ART OF AGEING: Tom has lived an extraordinary life as a military man, lawyer, father and farmer. Tina Milson

Art of Ageing: Meet famous family farmer Tom

TOM is an everyday senior who represents the wonderful diversity of NSW's older residents.

His story reflects an Australia unique to its older generation - a contrast of values, emotions and personality in an ever-changing landscape.

Seniors News, with the help of the NSW Government, will be telling Tom and many more seniors' stories in a six week series.

Their stories can also be glimpsed in a 30-image exhibition that will be touring NSW throughout 2018 and 2019.


The story of famous family farmer Tom

Born in South Sydney in 1923, Tom, 94, has been a lawyer, a politician, a serviceman and a farmer.

The son of lawyer and aviator Geoffrey Hughes, he was educated at St Ignatius' College Riverview and graduated in law from the University of Sydney.

Tom served in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II and in his time served in 10 Squadron in flying boats. He was awarded the French Legion of Honour in 2005 for his service in France.

Tom was called to the Sydney bar in 1949, becoming a Queen's Counsel barrister in 1962. He then served as the Member for Parkes and then Berowra until 1972, and was also the Commonwealth Attorney General from 1969 to 1971.

He was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988.

Tom is now a full time farmer, devoting most of his time to running his sheep and cattle properties outside of Goulburn. Until he retired in 2013, he was the oldest serving member of the NSW Bar. He has three children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

His daughter, Lucy Turnbull, was Lord Mayor of Sydney and is married to the Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP.

Put the date in your diary now for when the regional tour reaches a town near you:



Gosford Hospital, Holden St (main entrance) - 13 June to 19 October


Shoalhaven Library foyer, 10 Berry St - 20 June to 20 July


Shellharbour City Library, 76 Cygnet Av - 25 July to 23 August


Picton Shire Hall Art Spaces, Menangle St - 28 August to 21 September


Narellan Public Library, Cnr Queen and Elyard St - 26 September to 26 October


Parramatta Library (digital exhibition), 1-3 Fitzwilliam St - 1 October to 4 November


Kempsey Library, 22 Tozer St, West Kempsey - 31 October to 21 November


Manning Regional Art Gallery, 12 Macquarie St - 22 November 2018 to 13 January 2019


Maitland Library, 480 High St - 26 November to 19 December


Cessnock Library foyer, 67/65 Vincent St - 24 December 2018 to 29 January 2019



Nulla Nulla Gallery at the Slim Dusty Centre, 490 Macleay Valley Way, South Kempsey - 17 January - 25 March


Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged Hub Gallery Space, 631 Hogbin Dr - 4 to 28 February


Moree Community Library, 36 Balo St - 5 to 22 March


Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, 184 Bourke St - 29 March - 11 May


Hornsby Central Library, 28-44 George St - 27 March - 28 April


Spiral Gallery, 47 Church St - 2 - 22 May


Griffith City Library, 233 Banna Av - 27 May - 21 June


Grenfell Art Gallery, 88 Main St - 17 June - 26 July


Broken Hill Library, 249 Blende St - 26 June - 30 July


Waverley Library, 32-48 Denison St, Bondi Junction -  28 August - 26 Sept


Charles Sturt University, HR Gallop Gallery, Building 21, Darnell-Smith Drive - 7 August - 21 Sept


Mona Vale Library, 1 Park Street - 27 Sept - 21 October, 2019. 



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