Site Name Boonall Station, MacIntyre River region
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Bigambul or Gawambaraay
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Latitude -28.555
Longitude 150.246
Date Between 12 Sep 1847 and 30 Sep 1847
Attack Time night
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 40
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 40, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Settler
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets
Narrative Following the Aboriginal killing of squatter James Mark’s son, Johnny, on 10 September 1847 in retaliation for his shooting and killing an Aboriginal messenger ‘boy’ at ‘Goodar’ station on the Weir River a week earlier, James Mark gathered a posse of settlers and stockmen and rode south to ‘Boonall’ station on the MacIntyre river where they found forty Aboriginal people camped in the bed of the river. It appears that they shot them all and then burnt the campsite. There is no indication that the Aboriginal group was involved in the killing of Mark’s son.
Sources Bligh, CCL, Gwydir to C C C L, 10 Jan 1849; SRNSW, 2/7634; SMH, October 15, 1847 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/12901587/1515260; Watts 1901: 20; Webb 1922: 7-12; Milliss 1980: 39-42; Tonge nd: 22-3; Copland 1990: 52-4. (Sources PDF)
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