Site Name Torres Strait - Pabaju Albany Island
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Kawalgaw Ya
Colony QLD
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District Cook
Latitude -10.69
Longitude 142.12
Date Between 1 Jun 1869 and 30 Jun 1869
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 10
Victims Killed Notes Killed:M8 F;Wounded:M F
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Boat
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Fireams, rifles
Narrative Police Magistrate Frank Jardine orchestrated an ambush party comprising a boatload of marines and at least five on shore to ambush 4 Gudang turtle hunters on the beach at Pabaju Albany Island opposite Kaleebe (Somerset). The surgeon Dr Richard Cannon accompanied the party on shore. The 4 turtle hunters were shot dead and later that day a further 6 Gudang were chased in their canoe and also shot.
Sources Bottoms 2013:127-8; Sharp 1992:38 (Sources PDF)
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