Site Name Badu Island, Torres Strait
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -10.085,142.164,0
Date Between 1 Aug 1834 and 31 Aug 1834
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 0
Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 11
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes 9M1W2C
Attacker Category
Attacker Details
Motive Reprisal
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, hatchets, axes
Narrative The wreck of the Charles Eaton led the local Aboriginal warriors to massacre 15 survivors. They included the ship's captain, an Indian army officer, his wife and some of their children. A son and some of the crew survived.
Sources McInnes 1983:21-50; Mullins 1994:22-3; SH Oct 29, 1836. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***