Jimmy James - SA

  Historic Site


DEG: -34.28767 140.603607
DMS: 34º 17' 15.61" S 140º 36' 12.99" E
UTM: 54 H 6205876mN 463518mE
Altitude: 30m


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Riverview Drive
Phone: (08) 8582 5511
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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.

Jimmy James (the second) was a famous blacktracker, who was born around 1910 and belonged to the Pitjantjatjara people. He moved to the Riverland in the 1940's and took his name from his equally famous father-in law.

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, and is buried at Gerard, the Aboriginal settlement near Winkie.
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Closest Weather Station

Renmark Airport at 19/08:30pm CST
Distance from Jimmy James 11.98km NE
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Renmark Aero
Distance from Jimmy James 11.98km NE
Mean Max. °C33.632.728.724.520.016.816.218.622.024.828.931.0
Mean Min. °C16.
Mean Rain mm18.120.013.716.216.221.920.921.923.727.022.823.3

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