Site Name Moreton Island
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Guwar
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District Brisbane
Latitude -27.36
Longitude 153.426
Date 1 Jul 1831
Attack Time dawn
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 20
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 20, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Foot soldiers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Foot
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets
Narrative Captain Clunie with a detachment of the 17th Regiment surrounded a Ngugi camp at dawn on the edge of the freshwater lagoon close to the island’s southern extremity, killing up to twenty of them. George Watkins recorded: ‘nearly all were shot down. My informant, a young boy at the time, escaped with a few others by hiding in a clump of bushes’ (Watkins 1892:43).
Sources Evans 1999:65; Watkins 1892: 43 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **