Site Name Maryborough, Burnett PD
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Gubbi Gubbi? or Butchulla?
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -25.537,152.725,0
Date 1 Nov 1854
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M more than 6, F; 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 Poisoning, strychnine
Narrative Quote from local historian, J. Lennon: "Late in November 1854?when Aborigines ate flour laced with strychnine, among provisions stolen from the store of Henry Palmer. ?There was a great whaling [sic] heard in the camp at Granville where they were sent every night,? an old settler recorded, ?and in the morning several of them were found dead, poisoned."? Carried out to stop the theft of his (Palmer's ?) goods.
Sources Bottoms 2013: 86. (Sources PDF)
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