Peter Hughes

Australian History, Public Transportation, Sydney Buses, Sydney Trams


Peter has had a life-long interest in the history of Sydney’s public transport. From 1975 to 1986 he worked for Bus and Coach Association (NSW), where he commenced his intensive research into Sydney’s bus history. During his BA at University of New England he traced the events which led to the creation of the Department of Road Transport and Tramways in 1932. His thesis on the change in policy preference from trams to buses between 1918 and 1939 gained him a BA with First Class Honours from Western Sydney University in 2015, followed in 2021 by a PhD, again from Western Sydney University, on the history of Sydney’s Government and private bus services. Wheels within Wheels is based on all the above research.

Peter’s interests include music – he sings tenor with two choirs – historical research and photography.

Photograph: Meredith Lawn.



Books by Peter Hughes

Wheels within Wheels

Wheels within Wheels

Amazon Angus & Robertson Booktopia Dymocks

Wheels within Wheels takes a unique look at how and why Sydney’s bus services developed: political and economic constraints; government-owned buses versus trams and private buses; the so-called free school travel scheme, and more.