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4 April 2014

Talbot Hobbs memorial on the move

  • Elizabeth Quay

Works have commenced to relocate the historic Sir JJ Talbot Hobbs memorial to its new location at the entrance to Supreme Court Gardens, near the intersection of The Esplanade and Barrack Street.

MRA Chief Executive Officer Kieran Kinsella said the memorial would be relocated this month to enable works to continue on construction of the Elizabeth Quay inlet.  

“The Sir JJ Talbot Hobbs memorial is a significant structure that has stood proudly on the Perth foreshore for many years,” Mr Kinsella said.

“The MRA has worked closely with members of the Hobbs family, the Returned and Services League of WA (RSL) and the City of Perth over the past two years to identify a new home for the memorial that will continue to celebrate Sir Talbot Hobbs’ contribution to our city’s architecture, ensure the statue is protected and incorporate the statue as a feature piece within its new environment.”

“We considered a number of factors in choosing a new location including engineering and site constraints, importance of the memorial to the annual ANZAC Day march and most importantly the wishes of the Hobbs family.”

Mr Kinsella said the foundations for the new location were completed while a steel cage was being constructed around the memorial in preparation for transport next weekend.  

“Relocating a memorial of this size in the middle of the city is a difficult task and we have sourced experts in the field, including using the same contractors who originally constructed the memorial to undertake the relocation.”

“Once the statue is in place, the MRA will complete some interim landscaping around the memorial so it is unveiled and accessible to the public in time for ANZAC Day.”

As part of the Elizabeth Quay project, the MRA has provided $3million to the City of Perth to undertake a major upgrade of the Supreme Court Gardens precinct.  It is anticipated that the final landscaping for the Talbot Hobbs memorial will be completed as part of that upgrade.  

Lieutenant General Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs made a significant contribution to the architectural fabric of Perth. His iconic work includes the Weld Club, the Masonic Lodge in Hay Street and four heritage residences on Newcastle Street that were designed in the 1890s and restored as part of the MRA’s New Northbridge project.

Elizabeth Quay is the centrepiece of a bold plan to revitalise Perth and position it as a premium destination for business, tourism and inner-city waterfront living.  

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