Site NameKilcoy Station
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupGiggarbarah, Woongunbarah and other groups in transit
Present State/TerritoryQLD
Colony/State/Territory at the timeNSW
Police DistrictBrisbane
Date1 Feb 1842
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed60
Victims Killed NotesKilled: M 60, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker DescriptionsShepherd(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed NotesKilled: M F; Wounded: M F
Weapons UsedPoison
NarrativeOn 1 Febuary 1842, flour laced with strychnine was given to a large group of Aboriginal people at Kilcoy station by two shepherds, resulting in the deaths of at least sixty of them. The shepherds were employed by Evan MacKenzie, lessee of Kilcoy station (SMH, December 5, 1842, p 2).
SourcesLang, 1847, p 279; Qld Parlt Legislative Assembly, 1861(a), p 19 - Select Ctee in to the Native Police; Queenslander, May 21, 1892, p 987,; SMH, December 5, 1842 (Sources PDF)
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