Henry Kent Hughes
Henry Kent Hughes (c. 1814 – 30 August 1880), usually referred to as "H. Kent Hughes", was a pastoralist and politician who sat in the South Australian House of Assembly from 1868 to 1875 representing the seats of Victoria and later, Port Adelaide.
Hughes was born in England, possibly the son of Thomas Hughes, dyer, of Bunhill Row. He married Jane Hilditch (died 4 June 1890). They travelled to South Australia on the barque Raleigh, arriving at Port Adelaide on 15 January 1851.
Hughes was, for a considerable period (at least 1838 – 1844) in the colony of Victoria; he was one of a party, with Peter Snodgrass MLC, a Mr. Murdoch, a Dr. Dixon and one James Murdoch, who pioneered settlement in the Goulburn Valley in Victoria. With two brothers he founded the property, later the town, of Avenel, often cited as named for a Gloucestershire village with which had a connection (though information on its whereabouts is lacking), his previous property in England, or Sir Walter Scott's fictional castle and family, of which the White Lady of Avenel is the best known. There is also a reference to his property "Dropmore" which may or may not have been a separate holding.
Around 1854 he formed a business association with the future premier of South Australia, John Hart, in the company Hart & Hughes with offices in Waymouth Street, Adelaide. They built Port Adelaide's first flour mill, run by Hart and Company, of which he was a silent partner.
Hughes purchased extensive properties on the River Murray, including one near Wellington where he ran sheep in conjunction with his brother Edmund Chauntrell Hughes, S.M., which was quite successful, largely because of careful breeding and the attention they paid to prevention of diseases.
In 1868 he put himself forward as M.P. for the Assembly District of Victoria, and was elected on 7 May with John Riddoch as a colleague. He remained in Parliament for three years, and went out at the dissolution in 1870, when he contested the seat of Port Adelaide and was elected with William Quin on 5 April 1870. He was Treasurer of South Australia in the 1868 Strangways ministry and the Ayers ministry of 1872. He left parliament at the dissolution of 1875, then was elected to the Legislative Council in 1877, but was forced in 1878 to resign on account of ill-health. He returned to England in an attempt to regain his health but died at Kew in 1880.
He was a director of the National Bank
His chief public service was to act as Secretary and Treasurer for the Church of England's Orphans' Home for Girls on Carrington Street. His wife, Jane, who survived him, was, with Julia Farr, one of the Home's founders.
His home in Adelaide was "Avenel", a ten-roomed residence on Robe Terrace, North Adelaide. Its 20 acres, "Avenel Gardens", was subsequently owned by William Pope, founder of North Adelaide Golf Club, then subdivided in the 1890s.
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