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  • 26 years of age.
  • Aboriginal.
  • 175cm (5 feet 9 inches) tall.
  • Slim build.
  • Light brown hair.
  • Last seen wearing a green jacket and jeans.


  • Mr Garlett lived in Northam.
  • Travelled to Perth, for a holiday with a friend, arriving around Wednesday 14 July 1982.
  • Stayed at the Cullacabardee Aboriginal Community, thought people were outside waiting to ‘get him’.
  • Last seen on Thursday 29 July 1982 jumping over a fence.
  • Mr Garlett was located deceased near a fire break off Vista Parade, Ballajura on Thursday 14 August 1982. 


Brian Michael Garlett, was born in March 1956.  He lived in Northam and travelled to Perth for a holiday with a friend, arriving around Wednesday 14 July 1982. Whilst in Perth he stayed at the Cullacabardee Aboriginal Community, in Cullacabardee, approximately 21km north of Perth. 


Whilst at the community, Mr Garlett socialised with friends and family.  During this interaction he began talking about seeing people outside the house waiting to ‘get him’. Mr Garlett never explained why he thought anyone wanted to get him and no one was ever seen outside by anyone else.

Mr Garlett was last seen around Thursday 29 July 1982, jumping a fence at the premises, running north towards the entrance road of the Cullacabardee Village.


Around 5:00pm on Saturday 14 August 1982, Mr Garlett’s body was found near a firebreak off Vista Parade, Ballajura. Mr Garlett was dressed in light brown soft sole shoes, black cotton shorts underneath blue jeans and a white singlet, which had red bands around the arms and neck.

Investigations revealed that Mr Garlett had died of a head injury.

An examination of the crime scene suggested Mr Garlett died sometime between Sunday 8 and Tuesday 10 of August 1982.

The person or persons responsible for Mr Garlett’s murder have not yet been identified.

If you have any information about the murder of Brian Michael Garlett, or his movements between Thursday 29 July and around 8 August 1982, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make an online report below.  Please remember that you can remain anonymous if you wish and rewards are offered.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

Working Together by DuShong

The artwork titled ‘Working Together’ represents the Aboriginal tribes of Western Australia working together in harmony to rejuvenate the land by controlled fires.

In this artwork it also represents our community today working together to keep our neighbourhood safe from crime.

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