Wall of Sporting Greats (Bligh Street)

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Ha Ha, Wall of Sporting Greats, 2015, stencil mural of 11 portraits, on the Bligh Street wall of 1 Church Street, Dubbo

Commissioned by Walkom Bros., the WALL OF SPORTING GREATS by Ha Ha on the corner of 1 Church Street & Bligh Street celebrates a selection of 11 sporting greats of and from Dubbo and the region, across a range of eras and sports. This is not a comprehensive or conclusive list, with many more sporting greats from this region remaining for BOOMDubbo to nominate in future.

They include: Glenn McGrath (cricket), Ernie Toshack (cricket), Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (athletics), Andrew Ryan (rugby league), Don Parish (rugby league), Jon White (rugby union), Greg Ryan (racing), Phillip Dutton (equestrian), Megan Dunn (cycling), Brian Tink (boxing), Ian Drake (cricket/tennis). Watch the making of the portraits in our time-lapse video.

PORTRAITS & BIOGRAPHIES (left to right on wall)

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Ian Drake (1939 – 1992), Dubbo: Considered Dubbo’s best and most consistent all-round sportsman, Drake not only captained local and regional representative cricket sides, but was thought of as a ‘fine’ squash, tennis and table tennis player.

Don Parish (1937 – ), Dubbo: The rugby league fullback toured with the 1959-60 Kangaroos, making his Test debut on the 1961 New Zealand tour. He played in Australia’s First Test loss to Great Britain the following year – his last international match. Parish had a long career playing and coaching with the West Magpies until 1976.

Andrew Ryan (1978 – ), Dubbo: The rugby league second-rower played in NSW, Country and Kangaroos sides several times throughout his career. Ryan played 286 first grade games – 219 with the Bulldogs (including being skipper) over nine years, retiring in 2011.

Megan Dunn (1991 – ), Dubbo: A dual gold medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, two years prior Dunn was named Australian Junior Female Cyclist of the Year.

Brian Tink (1958 – ), Dubbo: In 1975, Tink (as a flyweight) was the only Australian boxer to win both junior and senior Australian titles in the one year. He boxed in the 1976 Montreal Games, achieving a placing of 15/39 in the 54kg men’s event.

Phillip Dutton (1963 – ), Nyngan: Dutton is a dual Olympic gold medalist, as a member of the Australian three-day eventing team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and in 2000 in Sydney. He represented Australia in three Olympics and four World Championships.

Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (1971 – ), Narromine: Gainsford-Taylor was ranked No. 1 in the world at age 14 for the 100m. She represented Australia at three Olympic Games, including Sydney in 2000, where she was voted the female Captain of the team.

Glenn McGrath AM (1970 – ), Narromine: Cricketer, McGrath has taken more wickets than any other Australian fast bowler in One Day Internationals. He’s also recognised for his work with the McGrath Foundation of which he is president.

Ernie Toshack (1914 – 2003), Cobar: Toshack played cricket for Australia and NSW – and was known for being a bit of a larrikin. He was a member of the team led by Sir Donald Bradman (Bradman’s Invincibles) that toured England without defeat in 1948.

Greg Ryan (1965 – ), Dubbo: Professional jockey, Ryan equaled an Australian riding milestone in 2015 (achieved by just two other jockeys), tallying 3,322 winning rides to draw level with the mark established by the late Jack Thompson.

Jon White (1935 – ) Yeoval/Wellington: Considered one of the best rugby union props ever produced by Australia, White debuted in 1958 and retired in 1965 and has 24 test rugby caps to his name.

Commissioned by Walkom Bros, this work is on Bligh Street, on the corner of 1 Church Street.


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Other works

Roar Music Festival, multiple works

El Studio, temporary fencing design, Roar Music Festival, 9 April 2016

Check out the Roar Music Festival Artists page for information on the works BOOMDubbo commissioned for the first Roar Music Festival on 9 April 2016. Some of these works can be seen on rotation at 199 Macquarie Street.

Nick Adams, Big Blue, sculpture

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Nick Adams, Big Blue, sculpture, Macquarie Regional Library, Dubbo


A two-part, larger than life draught horse standing in feeding position, covered in bright blue hay string, Big Blue was completed in the autumn of 2015, by Tasmanian artist, Nick Adams. It was installed in the foyer of Macquarie Regional Library, Dubbo over the following winter and spring. Big Blue has been a talking point during its stay in the city. In his artist statement about the work, Adams wrote: I drew inspiration from my passion and love for Biodiversity, the Outback and Public Art, exploring the sculptural possibilities working with materials associated with agricultural and rural Australia.

Fishdog Jack Randell, Apollo House, mural

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Fishdog Jack Randell, Apollo House, 2009, 11 Collins Avenue, Dubbo East

David Peachey and Aunty Pat Doolan feature with other local heroes on Apollo House Community Centre in East Dubbo. This project was completed after consultation about who best represented their neighbourhood. Aunty Pat Doolan has family up the road and David Peachey grew up across the street.

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For more public art around Dubbo go to the Dubbo Public Art website

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Sir Sidney Kidman

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Poncho Army, Sir Sidney Kidman, 2015, spray painted mural, behind 165 Brisbane Street, Dubbo

SIR SIDNEY KIDMAN (1857 – 1935) by Poncho Army pays tribute to a man known as ‘The Cattle King’, owner/co-owner of the largest areas of land in Australia, including property around Broken Hill and Tibooburra in far western NSW. S.Kidman & Co is still Australia’s largest cattle producers (at the time of publishing this information the company properties are for sale).

Commissioned by BPT, this work is located behind Macquarie Credit Union, 165 Brisbane Street.

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Sir Henry (Kater’s Ram)

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Poncho Army, Sir Henry (Kater’s Ram), 2015, spray painted mural, 165-167 Brisbane Street Dubbo

SIR HENRY (KATER’S RAM) by Poncho Army is a tribute to pastoralist, Sir Henry Kater (1841 – 1924), who established the Egelabra Merino Stud at Warren in 1906. The stud is still owned by the Kater family. It’s fitting to recognise the role that agriculture has had in making this part of regional Australia what it is today.

Commissioned by BPT, this work is between Boyce Chartered Accountants and Macquarie Credit Union, 165 Brisbane Street.

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