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Percy Hobson's Commonwealth Games High Jump Gold Medal 1962, with chain

2002.0065.0001

Percy Hobson's Commonwealth Games High Jump Gold Medal 1962, with chain

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Physical description

A gold medal with a crown and chain design and text which reads, '1962 / VII BRITISH EMPIRE / AND / COMMONWEALTH / GAMES / PERTH / WESTERN / AUSTRALIA'. The reverse of the medal has the arms for Western Australia and a kangaroo paw floral design.The text reads, 'ATHLETICS / Men / High Jump / P.F Hobson / Australia'. There is also a separate length of chain with 22 individual links in a floral design with a smaller link in the centre.

Statement of significance

The Percy Hobson Collection consists of one 1962 Commonwealth Games gold medal, with an inscription on the front reading "1962 VII British Commonwealth Games Perth Western Australia", and on the rear, "ATHLETICS Men High Jump P.F Hobson Australia". The medal is suspended on a chain made of 22 individual leaf-shaped links with one smaller link for fastening around the neck.

Born in Bourke, NSW in 1943, Percy Hobson was the first Aboriginal athlete ever to win an athletics gold medal for Australia at Commonwealth Games level. Jumping 6 feet 11 inches in the high jump finals of the 1962 Perth Commonwealth Games, the 19 year old set a new Games record and added to Australia's 38 gold, 36 silver and 31 bronze overall medal tally.

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