Site Name Indian Head, North Shore, Cooktown
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Guugu Yimithirr
Colony QLD
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -15.451,145.234,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1879 and 31 Dec 1879
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 28
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 28
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Attacker Category Native police
Attacker Details Native police
Motive Reprisal
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Riflemen on horseback
Narrative Following the wounding of 2 white men by spears, a troop of native police, led by Sub-Inspector O'connor trapped and shot dead 24 Aboriginal men in a ravine behind a beach north of Indian Head and 4 others were drowned.
Sources Bottoms 2013:121-2 (Sources PDF)
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