Site Name Fraser Island
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group [Butchulla] or a collection of clans that had sought refuge on the island
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Latitude -25.599
Longitude 153.09
Date Between 24 Dec 1851 and 3 Jan 1852
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 100
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M , F, C; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Firearms, carbines
Narrative To ‘break up’ Aboriginal clans that had sought sanctuary on the island a punitive expedition of eleven days duration was lead by Commandant Frederick Walker with 24 troopers of native police along with Lt Marshall and Sgt Major Dolan and captain and crew of the schooner, Maragaret and Mary, all armed and sworn in as special constables... Aboriginal people were ‘driven into the sea, and kept there as long as daylight and life lasted’. Lauer estimates that 100 Aboriginal people were killed.
Sources Lauer 1977; SMH, January 22, 1852 - (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***