Site Name Yeelanna, Eyre Peninsula
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony SA
Present State/Territory SA
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -34.100,135.696,0
Date 1 May 1849
Attack Time day
Aboriginal People Killed 8
Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Attacker Category shepherd
Attacker Details
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used arsenic poisoning of flour
Narrative Shepherd Patrick Dwyer, annoyed at Aboriginal people taking flour from his hut, laced some of his supply with arsenic. The flour disappeared and 8 Aborignal people became sick after eating it. 5 of them died and 3 others became very ill and later died. Dwyer was arrested on suspicion of murder but released afterwards for lack of evidence. He then disappeared to California.
Sources Foster et al 2001: 83 (Sources PDF)
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