Senior Constable Harold Rae PannellPrint Page Print this page

Memorial to a policeman who lost his life in the line of duty.

In March 1957 Senior Constable Pannell was shot and murdered by John Fischer in the course of his duty at Bowbill, about 20 kilometres north-west of Karoonda, where he had been stationed since 1951. Sergeant Pannell had arrived with a warrant to seize property after Fischer had failed to pay damages awarded against him in a recent court case. Fischer went to trial for murder, but a Supreme Court jury found him not guilty on the grounds of insanity. Justice Reed ordered him into strict custody in a mental institution at the Governor’s pleasure. He died in 1988 at the age of 67.


Address:Railway Terrace, Railway Park , Karoonda, 5307
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.094881
Long: 139.896381
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:12-March-1957
Actual Event End Date:12-March-1957


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 28th April, 2002
Source: MA
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