Site Name Cooninghera Waterhole halfway between Birdsville and Durrie on the Diamantina River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Mindiri and Wardumba
Colony SA
Present State/Territory SA
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -26.574,139.226,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1888 and 31 Dec 1889
Attack Time day
Aboriginal People Killed 40
Aboriginal People Killed Notes 40+ M
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Attacker Category
Attacker Details
Type Of Motive reprisal for killing station cook who was guilty of rape
Weapons Used repeating rifles
Narrative Reprisal for killing of the station cook who was guilty of rape. Large number of Mindiri and Wardamba people gathered for a ceremony.
Sources Hercus 1977:56; Farwell 1950: 36-40. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **