Site Name Gan Gan
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Yolgnu ? Dhalwangu people
Colony NT
Present State/Territory NT
Police District River at Gan Gan
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -12.816,136.057,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1911 and 31 Dec 1911
Attack Time Day
Aboriginal People Killed 30
Aboriginal People Killed Notes More than 30 men, women and children.
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Attacker Category Balanda (white people) with Aboriginal police trackers
Attacker Details Police
Motive Reprisal for death of Aboriginal woman
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Used by Aborigines - unknown; police used firearms.
Narrative A police tracker's female relative (from elsewhere) happend upon a mens' ceremony and was killed. This was a reprisal after the tracker told police where the Yolgnu people were.
Sources Yunupingu, G July 2016; Yunupingu, B 1981; NAA, Uncommon Lives, Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda; Warren Snowdon MHR, 2016; Gumana, B biography ( (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***