Site Name Hodgson Downs Station, Bailey Creek, Minyerri
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Alawa
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -15.225,134.079,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1903 and 31 Dec 1904
Attack Time Day
Aboriginal People Killed 30
Aboriginal People Killed Notes 30-40 Alawa men, women & children.
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Attacker Category Settlers
Attacker Details
Motive Settlers massacred Alawa people for killings of cattle and horses.
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Notes
Narrative The massacre at Hodgson Downs occurred shortly before 1903 (or 1904, according to different sources.) Estimates of the number killed range between thirty and forty Alawa people, including men, women and children. It is reported that white settlers circled and shot “Aboriginal men who had been cutting timber for them, flinging children against trees or smashing stones against their skulls, and shooting women.” According to August Sandy Lirriwirri, Stephen Roberts’ grandfather, Old Charlie Waypuldanya, was among the few people who escaped.
Sources Morrison www.australianfrontierconflicts.com.au; Layton and Ucko 1999: 235; Read and Read 1991: 12-16; RAHC https://www.rahc.com.au/sites/default/files/documents/community_profiles/Minyerri%20Community%20Profile.pdf (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***