Skip to main content
Menu

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Percy Hobson, 2006

Sahlan Hayes

gelatin silver photograph

Born in the NSW town of Bourke, Percy Hobson (b. 1943) became Australia's national high-jumping champion in 1962 with a jump of 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 metres). Later the same year, competing at the Perth Empire Games (now Commonwealth Games), he won the Gold Medal with a jump of 6 feet 11 inches (2.11 metres) - a jump that equalled the then Games record. Along with the boxer Jeff Dynevor, who won a Bantamweight Gold Medal at the same games, Hobson was the first Indigenous athlete ever to win Commonwealth Gold for Australia.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Accession number: 2006.87.1

Currently not on display

Copyright image request form
Request a digital copy of an image for publication

Artist and subject

Sahlan Hayes (age 39 in 2006)

Percy Hobson (age 63 in 2006)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

We would like to thank our partners.
© National Portrait Gallery 2020
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia


Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.