Special 50th Year Event: Fremantle Society 30 November

Tuesday 30 November: Victoria Hall 6.30pm (talk and AGM)

Come to the glorious Victoria Hall, saved TWICE by the Fremantle Society.

Come and hear about Talbot Hobbs, possibly Fremantle's greatest architect, in a building he designed, by eminent architect John Taylor. 

Buy Dr Taylor's book at HALF NORMAL RETAIL price and get it signed on the night. Buy several for Christmas. Support the book, and the Fremantle Society's 50th year. The book sale is our fund raiser event so please support it generously.

Support the Society in its 50th year ahead of next year's celebrations.

Admission free to Life Members and members whose memberships are renewed on the night. Bring your friends - admission is simply the price of membership ($30 concession, $40 Single, $60 family)

This special and fascinating 7pm talk follows drinks 6.30 till 7 -  can be purchased from the bar.

The Fremantle Society's 50th AGM will follow the talk at 7.45pm.

Fremantle's Greatest Architect?

The architectural work of Joseph John Talbot Hobbs is impossible to overlook in Perth and Western Australia. It dominates public spaces as well as domestic and business streetscapes.

A strong sense of duty determined that the diminutive fifty-year-old architect-soldier J.J. Talbot Hobbs would in 1914 voyage to the First World War, where he survived the horrors of Gallipoli and the Western Front. Hobbs’ powerful organisational skills positioned him as Australia’s highest ranking soldier in Europe after the Great War. Organiser of Australian war memorials in France and Belgium, his stellar designs both there and throughout Western Australia are now largely forgotten. Who was J.J. Talbot Hobbs that he was considered to be of such importance at the time of his death that a memorial was built in one of the most prominent places in Perth?

Between Duty and Design is a meticulous biography of the man: soldier and architect, highlighting his place as a citizen of national importance.

(from UWA Press)

John Dowson
The Fremantle Society
0409 223622


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