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A monument commemorates Aboriginal tracker Jimmy James, who was one of many trackers who worked closely aside the South Australian Police in rural and remote areas. The monument is sculptured out of two large slabs of black granite which are finely polished and engraved with images of birds and animals - a part of Jimmy's spirit world.

The trackers often played a crucial role in the success and efficiency of investigative Police Operations. Highly skilled trackers such as James earned the respect of country Police Officers and their local communities.

He began working with the SA Police in 1945, assisting in a wide variety of tracking jobs, particularly in the Riverland area. His most memorable tracking job was with Daniel Moodoo in 1966, where they were brought in from Berri to successfully find a nine-year-old missing girl in Mylor. In 1983, he was awarded the title of Aboriginal of the Year. In 1984, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his efforts in bush tracking and working with the Police. In 1985, the SA Police Force awarded Jimmy with a plaque commemorating 37 years of service to formally acknowledge his superb bush craft knowledge and skills. Jimmy passed away in 1991.


Address:Riverview Drive, Near Visitors Centre, Berri, 5343
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.287677
Long: 140.606897
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State


Front Inscription

Plaque :

I, the Aboriginal artist Bluey Roberts dedicated ny art work to my famous uncle Jimmey James black tracker who worked for the community.

Bluey Roberts

Plaque :

Mr Jimmy James well known as `Uncle Jimmy` to most aborigianl people in this State.  He is greatly admired and respected by all Gerard and Riverland Aboriginals

Agnes Rigney  Co-ordinator Jerry Mason Memorial Centre

Plaque :

"Jimmy James"

A very special person and a gifted tracker who saved my life.

Wendy Pfeiffer

Plaque :

Jimmy`s tracking talents needed to be witnessed to be fully appreciated.  The memories of his many achievements will be everlasting

Inspector W. G. Newman S. A. Police Department

Plaque :

`Uncle Jimmy`

An innovative Council Member for many years and a well respected and much loved member of the Gerard community.

Jim Ardulla Chairman Manager Gerard Reserve Council

Inscription in Proximity
A special place for Jimmy James
Source: MA,ADB
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