• Teddy Jangala Egan has had his heroic skills from the 60s recognised with a bravery awarded. (NITV News )Source: NITV News
A legendary outback tracker has been recognised for his brave and skilful pursuit of a murderer on the run.
By
Brooke Fryer

Source:
NITV News
28 Mar 2019 - 5:00 PM  UPDATED 28 Mar 2019 - 5:00 PM

An Indigenous tracker who persuaded an armed fugitive to surrender to police in the 1960s has been awarded a posthumous bravery award. 

In 1967, a man shot two police officers and killed a civilian in Harts Range - an Aboriginal community 215km north-east of Alice Springs.

Warlpiri man Teddy Egan was part of the search party that took 14 days to find the murderer in the mountainous outback. He approached the man, who was still armed, and persuaded him to surrender.

It was the most famous incident in a tracking career which included police calling Mr Egan to find missing people, cattle and prison escapees. He died in 2011.

This week, he was among more than 70 Australians honoured in the latest national bravery awards announced by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

"To their families, I express the nation's sadness at your loss but pride in your loved one's actions," Sir Peter said.