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Celebrating Percy Hobson’s achievements


Percy Hobson’s three sons Keith, Doug and Wes at back with Percy’s three sisters Heather, Sue and Freda – and author Helen Coolican. Photo TWH

More than 300 people attended the official opening of the Percy Hobson mural at Percy Hobson Park on Good Friday, where the ribbon was cut by Bourke Mayor Barry Hollman and Percy’s three sisters – Heather Mieni, Freda Harvey, and Sue suckling

Many of Percy’s family members and Bourke citizens attended to honour Bourke’s local hero – who became the first Aboriginal athlete to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Speaking first, Councillor Victor Bartley said that the people of Bourke should appreciate what Percy Hobson had done for his family, the Aboriginal people, and the local community in winning gold at the Commonwealth Games.

“There are many Aboriginal athletes like AFL player Doug Nicholls, Boxer Lionel Rose, Hockey player Nove Peris and runner Cathy Freeman who all achieved much – but Percy Hobson of Bourke should also be up there in lights as a trailblazer for his people and his community,” Councillor Bartley said. […]


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