Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

The sculpture commemorates the Kelpie / Cattle dog cross known as "Red Dog". The nickname, "Red Dog" has been attributed to the red dirt of the Pilbara Region.

Red Dog was born in the area and travelled between Perth and Broome, and was known by many of the locals throughout the Pilbara and he travelled to many locations including Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne, Point Sampson, Port Hedland, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Broome and even Perth.

He had an amazing homing instinct, always returning to either Dampier or Karratha where he preferred to base himself.  He died in November 1979, believed to have been poisoned by strychnine bait.  He is buried in an unmarked grave somewhere between Dampier and Karratha.


Address:Dampier Highway, Dampier, 6713
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -20.664156
Long: 116.717517
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Culture
Artist:Meri Forrest (Sculptor)


Front Inscription

Red Dog

The Pilbara Wanderer  

Died November 21 1979.  

Erected by the many friends made during his travels


A complete history of Red Dog can be viewed at the Karratha Public Library

Mementos are on display at the Karratha Veterinary Hospital


Back Inscription

Red Dog Memorial Fund Committee

G. R. Heath.    K. G. Merlo.  A. G. Delbridge.
P. B. Sadler.     B. R. Catto.  Dr. R. E. Fenny.
Mr. P. Lofdahl.

Meri Forrest  - Sculptor
Chirs Hethey - Bronze founder


The stories this old dog could tell if only he could say would add a page in history for ever and a day

But still he'll be remembered by those who knew his way

The red dog of the Pilbara from the north of W.A.

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au