The certificate was presented to Mr. Hughes after he had helped to collect 500,000 pounds for various charities, including St Vincent's Hospital. The certificate is accompanied by a letter from the item's donor which summarises the achievements of Mr. Hughes.
Certificate is printed on paper which has been glued onto thick card. Certificate is printed in grey, cream, yellow and dark blue and featuring black and white photographs of St. Vincent's Hospital. The names of the recipient and Mother Rectress have been written in black ink. The certificate has been broken into two separate pieces down the centre.
Inscriptions & markings
St. Vincent's Hospital / Melbourne / Life Governor's Certificate / It is hereby Certified that / Mr. William Walter Hughes. / has been appointed an / honorary Life Governor of the Institution / M. Alphonsus O'Doherty / Mother Rectress