Site Name Fraser Island
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group [Butchulla] or a collection of clans that had sought refuge on the island
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -25.599,153.090,0
Date Between 24 Dec 1851 and 3 Jan 1852
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 100
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M , F, C; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category
Attacker Details
Motive Opportunity
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used Firearms, carbines
Narrative Purpose: to ?break up? Aboriginal clans that had sought sanctuary on the island. A punitive expedition of eleven days duration. Aboriginal people ?driven into the sea, and kept there as long as daylight and life lasted?. Lauer estimates that 100 Aboriginal people were killed. Carried out by Commandant Frederick Walker of NSW with 24 troopers of native police along with Lt Marshall and Sgt Major Dolan and captain and crew of the schooner, Maragaret and Mary, all armed and sworn in as special constables.
Sources Lauer 1977; SMH, January 22, 1852 - (Sources PDF)
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