Wall of Sporting Greats (Bligh Street)

Regan Tamanui Ha Ha BOOMDubbo
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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