Vandalism of Paddy Hannan Statue

Published on Thursday, 12 October 2023 at 9:52:49 AM

In the early hours of this morning, the City was notified of an act of vandalism that targeted the iconic Paddy Hannan statue, a key figure in the discovery of gold and an important part of our city’s heritage.

The City has requested a police investigation into the incident including a review of available CCTV footage of the area. We can confirm that Paddy’s head has been returned to the City.

The City is deeply disappointed by this act of vandalism which not only defaces a significant piece of our city's history but also disrespects the memory of Paddy Hannan and the hardworking prospectors who played a vital role in shaping our community.

We take pride in the presentation of our city and value our beautiful historical streetscapes and monuments, as we work to ensure their historical significance is preserved.

The 41-year-old vandalised statue on Hannan Street is a replica of the original 1929 statue which is safely located inside the Kalgoorlie Town Hall.

The City will continue to assist the police with this ongoing investigation, and pending an outcome will commence planning restoration works.

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