Site Name Maryborough, Burnett PD
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Gubbi Gubbi? or Butchulla?
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Latitude -25.537
Longitude 152.725
Date 1 Nov 1854
Attack Time
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 6
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M more than 6, 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
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Poison flour laced with strychnine
Narrative Local historian, J. Lennon wrote, "Late in November 1854…when Aborigines ate flour laced with strychnine, among provisions stolen from the store of Henry Palmer. “There was a great whaling [sic] heard in the camp at Granville where they were sent every night,” an old settler recorded, “and in the morning several of them were found dead, poisoned."’ Carried out to stop the theft of his (Palmer's ?) goods.
Sources Bottoms 2013: 86. (Sources PDF)
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