Site Name Indian Head, North Shore, Cooktown
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Guugu Yimithirr
Colony QLD
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Latitude -15.451
Longitude 145.234
Date Between 1 Jan 1879 and 31 Dec 1879
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 28
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 28
Attackers Colonisers: Native Police
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, rifles
Narrative Following the wounding of 2 white men by spears, a troop of native police, led by Sub-Inspector O'Connor trapped and shot dead 24 Aboriginal men in a ravine behind a beach north of Indian Head and 4 others were drowned.
Sources Bottoms 2013:121-2 (Sources PDF)
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