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Percy Hobson, 2006

Sahlan Hayes

gelatin silver photograph on resin-coated paper

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
© Sahlan Hayes

Accession number: 2006.87.1

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Sahlan Hayes (age 39 in 2006)

Percy Hobson (age 63 in 2006)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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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.