Greg James’s statue of Bon Scott (1946–80) is the most popular of all of Fremantle’s public sculptures. Bon can has been strutting on a Marshall amplifier on Mews Park since 2008.
In 2020, the statue was moved a few meters away to a new location atop a wooden “stage”, making the statue an even more prominent part of Fishing Boat Harbour and providing better photo opportunities for fans.
Bon was born in Scotland in 1946 and moved to Australia with his family aged six, arriving in Melbourne. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Perth. He attended North Fremantle Primary and John Curtin Senior High School and had an interest in music from an early age. He played drums in the Fremantle Pipe Band until he was 17. He then joined the Valentines and moved to Melbourne and when they broke up he joined Fraternity which was later renamed Fang.
In 1974 he joined the newly formed AC/DC and the band gained success in the late 1970s, filling a void in the pop-oriented Australian music scene of the time. AC/DC had an unwavering commitment to no-frills hard rock, and Bon was regarded as an excellent ‘all round’ performer. He also lived excessively and in February 1980, Bon died in a car outside a friend’s apartment in London, following a huge drinking session. His body was returned to Perth and his family held a private service at Fremantle Cemetery, after which his ashes were interred at the cemetery and a plaque installed by the family in the Garden of Remembrance. A bench seat with a plaque was installed by the family two years later.