Sir JJ Talbot Hobbs Memorial
Public Art: Sir JJ Talbot Hobbs Memorial
Sculptor / Architect: © Sculptor Edward Kohler from a
design by architect Alex Winning (of Hobbs & Winning).
Description: The 7m high memorial consists of a 1.4
metres (4ft 6") bronze bust of Hobbs depicted in full military uniform, complete with cap, jacket, Sam Brown
belt and his orders and medals. Running down nearly half the length of the sandstone column is an 2.4m (8ft)
replica of his ceremonial sword.The bronze cast bust is mounted on a Art Deco style fluted column, made from
Donnybrook sandstone all of which sits on a base made from polished Mahogany Creek granite.
Location: Virtually hidden under a small group of
Canary Island palms along the extremely busy Riverside Drive in Perth, Western Australia. Odds are you haven't noticed it.
History: The Lieutenant General Sir JJ Talbot Hobbs Memorial was the first memorial erected in Perth to commemorate one of
Australia’s most distinguished World War I soldiers and one of Western Australian's finest Architects. The
Memorial was erected in 1940 following a design competition, which was conducted through the office of the Royal
Institute of Architects of WA in 1939. The bronze bust was to be the first bronze statue of its kind to be cast
in Western Australia (all casting has previously been done overseas) and it was cast by Premier
Interesting Facts: The statue plays a significant
role in the annual Perth Anzac Day parade, being the point from which the salute is taken, prior to the minute of
silence and the playing of ‘The Last Post’ (Kings Park).
The original model of Hobbs (which was in his exact likeness) was changed by sculptor Edward Kohler
to conceal Hobbs' "stooped posture and small stature".
The site initially selected for the proposed memorial was in Harper Square (Barrack Square).
The original proposal for a full length statue was not completed due to lack of funds.
The memorial became the biggest cast bronze job to be undertaken in Western Australia at the
Some of JJ Talbot Hobbs greatest architectural achievements were the Weld Club (1892), Claremont's
Christ church (1892), the Windsor (1895), the Swan Brewery (1897), Royal Hotel (1906), Globe Hotel (1910), Savoy
Hotel (1915) and the WA Trustee Building (1927).