Site NameWilleroo (1)
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place NameUnclear
Language GroupWarlpiri
Present State/TerritoryNT
Colony/State/Territory at the timeSA
Police DistrictPine Creek
Date20 Oct 1892
Attack TimeEvening
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed30
Victims Killed NotesHad looted Willeroo Station and were assumed to be responsible for Syd Scott's murder.
Attacker DescriptionsStockmen/Drover(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
Weapons UsedFirearm(s)
NarrativeSee also Willeroo #2. Lewis (2004, pp 243-244) noted: ‘A decade later Hely Hutchinson, who passed through Willeroo with drover Rose on his epic trek with cattle from Lissadell Station in 1905, and who met many of the early residents, wrote that [Lindsay] Crawford had “found the myalls gloriously drunk and capering about the house like a mob of black devils”. Crawford then avenged Scott's death, in a terrible manner, and the "gruelling" he gave the myalls on that occasion is still spoken of by the niggers in those parts as the Israelites of old told to their children the horror of the wrath of the Lord, when he sent plague, pestilence and famine into their lands as a correction for their misdeeds... He and his half-caste dealt out white man's justice with their Winchesters, and when the police arrived from Pine Creek, a couple of days later, they found plenty of employment burying the sons of darkness”.’ John Giles reported to the Northern Territory Times and Gazette(November 11, 1892, p 3) that "There were no niggers visible when Mr. Crawford arrived on the Tuesday morning, but that evening he accidentally discovered there were from thirty to forty camped in the horse paddock, about half a mile from the station. Mr. Crawford and his party charged their camp and found Mr. WS Scott's saddle and bridle and some other things".
SourcesLewis 2004; NTTG October 21, 1892, p 3 ; November 4, 1892 p 3 ; November 11, 1892; Willshire, 1895, p 8; Morrison, (Sources PDF)
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