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Johnny Grey (Pannican) Headstone / April 2013
Johnny Grey (Pannican) Headstone / April 2013

Photographs supplied by Robert (Bob) Primrose

Memorial commemorates aboriginal tracker Pannican.

Pannican, the name by which Wongi man Johnny Grey was commonly known, was a tracker for the West Australian police force between 1942 and 1962 in the Laverton and Leonora areas of Western Australia. When he died in 1967 he was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave, but in July 2008 a memorial was unveiled in his honour.

Robert Primrose, a retired policeman from Western Australia, spent the past 40 years campaigning for recognition for Pannican. Robert Primrose hopes the memorial will remind others of the hard work many Aboriginal trackers have done for the police over the years.

Note :-
Several stories about Pannican’s exploits are contained in Bob Primrose's book  Frontline Policing: On the beat and in the bush with Mister Bob. ISBN 0–64645927–9  published in 2006.




Address:Memorial Drive & Parsons Street, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Cemetery, Kalgoorlie, 6430
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.739291
Long: 121.454125
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 2nd July, 2008
Front Inscription

       In memory of "PANNICAN" A highly skilled Aboriginal tracker.

         Born Laverton WA 1920: Died Kalgoorlie WA 02/04/1967

                 also known as "Younagt" or "Johnny Grey"

                  a Wongi man of the "Nangatadjara" Tribe.

                          "A MASTER OF HIS CRAFT"

       respected by the Police Officers who worked with him in

        the Laverton and Leonora area between 1942 and 1962.


Source: MA
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