Site Name Maria massacre, Coorong
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Milmenrua
Colony SA
Present State/Territory SA
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -35.782,139.306,0
Date Between 1 Jul 1840 and 14 Jul 1840
Attack Time day
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 26
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Attacker Category Milmenrura warriors
Attacker Details
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used spears, clubs
Narrative 16 passengers and 10 crew of the Maria, wrecked at the Coorong were masssacred by the Milmenrura. The SA govt declared martial law in the region and a reprisal a police party shot 2-4 Milmenrura man and hanged 2 others. Largest group of colonists killed by Aborignal people in one operation.
Sources SA Register, August 1, 15, Sept 12, 19, 1840; Clyne, 1981:Hamann 1973; Foster, et al 2001:13-28. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***