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The memorial 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
Dedicate My Art Work To My
Famous Uncle Jimmy James
Black Tracker Who Worked
For The Community.
Bluey Roberts

Plaque :

Mr Jimmy James
Well Known As `Uncle Jimmy`
To Most Aboriginal People
In This State.  He Is Greatly Admired
And Respected By All
Gerard And Riverland Aboriginals
Agnes Rigney  Co-ordinator
Jerry Mason Memorial

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 Great
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
Source: MA,ADB
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