Touching Anzac tribute for Mill architect

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Picture of Lieutenant General Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs projected onto Premiere Mill Hotel wall.
Camera IconPicture of Lieutenant General Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs projected onto Premiere Mill Hotel wall. Credit: Nigel Oakey

Katanning Premier Mill hotel displayed a holographic picture of its original architect in their building, as part of a touching Anzac day tribute.

Premier Mill Hotel executive officer Nigel Oakey projected a photo of Lieutenant General Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs onto a wall in the mill’s function space.

Mr Oakey also wrote a touching tribute for the Lieutenant and thanked him for his architectural work around WA, including the design of the historic flour mill in 1891.

“On this day in 1891 he would have been looking forward to the opening in only a few days of the Premier Roller Flour Mill in Katanning - a building he had designed for his esteemed client and dear friend, Mr F.H Piesse,” Mr Oakey said.

“After the mill's opening in Katanning, Talbot Hobbs enlisted as a reservist in the volunteer artillery as a gunner.

“He had little idea that 20 years later on this very same day he would, acting on ill-fated orders, lead the 1st Division of the Australian Imperial Force to a landing at Gallipolli.

“Surviving this horror, it was then Talbot Hobbs 3 years later, who was credited with being responsible for the recapture of Villers-Bretonneux.

“As we now enjoy every day that we spend in JJ Talbot Hobb's Premier Roller Flour Mill here in Katanning - Lest We Forget. We will remember them.”

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