Another "attraction" (for lack of a better word) on Heirisson Island is this statue of Yagan. Personally, I don't like it as I think the sculptor got the proportions wrong.
Who is Yagan, I hear you ask? Yagan was an Aboriginal warrior of the Noongar tribe who consider him a hero. He encouraged his tribe to actively resist the invasion of the British settlers in Perth. His activities eventually led to the deaths of some of the settlers during burglaries/robberies. The British put a bounty on his head and he was eventually killed by a settler who removed his head to claim the bounty. The head was sent to London as an "anthropological curiosity" where it was displayed in a museum and then buried. The Noongar people fought bureaucracy for years to get the head sent back to Australia, which eventually happened in 1997, and Yagan's head was eventually re-buried in 2010 in a traditional Noongar ceremony (but not buried on the island).
In 1997, within a week of the return of Yagan's head to Perth, vandals beheaded the above statue using an angle grinder. Soon after that, a replacement head was installed and it too was cut off and stolen. The police were never able to determine the culprits although according to the newspapers, an anonymous "British loyalist" claimed to have done it in retaliation for derogatory remarks made by Ken Colbung (a prominent Aboriginal) about Princess Diana. Whether the vandalism was just purely vandalism, or whether it was racially inspired, or politically inspired, or both, remains unknown.
The statue has been controversial for other reasons too, including Yagan's lack of covering of his genitalia (because of its historical inaccuracy rather than its nudity).