Site NameBradshaw Station (2)
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place NameUnclear
Language GroupNgarinman, Bilinara
Present State/TerritoryNT
Colony/State/Territory at the timeSA
Police DistrictVictoria River
DateBetween 1 Jan 1896 and 31 Dec 1896
Attack Time
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed30
Victims Killed NotesLikely to have been many more.
Attacker DescriptionsPastoralist(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes0
Weapons UsedFirearm(s)
NarrativeLewis (2004, p 206) puts the date at between 1894 and 1898: ‘Just as had happened on other stations in the region, conflict with Aborigines quickly became a dominant aspect of life on Bradshaw. Not long after the sheep arrived the Aborigines began to spear them, and consequently the Bradshaw stockmen fired on Aborigines whenever they saw them. After one instance of sheep spearing, a number of Aborigines are said to have been shot dead and their bodies burned by John McPhee and Hugh Young’. The Northern Territory Times and Gazette (18 Sept 1896, p 2) records Jock McPhee as taking up Willeroo Station in1896. Lewis wrote (2021, p 56) that ‘In at least once instance Aborigines who had killed sheep were tracked down and shot by Bradshaw stockmen’.
SourcesLewis, 2004; NTTG September 18, 1896, p 2 ; Lewis, 2021. (Sources PDF)
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