Site Name'Maria' massacre, Mission Beach
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupDjiru
Present State/TerritoryQLD
Colony/State/Territory at the timeQLD
Police DistrictCardwell
DateBetween 1 Mar 1872 and 10 Mar 1872
Attack TimeDay
Victim DescriptionsSailor(s)
Victims Killed14
Victims Killed NotesCaptain and thirteen crew members of the 'Maria'.
AttackersAboriginal People
Attacker DescriptionsAboriginal
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
Weapons UsedSpear(s), Club(s)
NarrativeOn 26 February 1872, the brig Maria carrying 75 passengers on a gold prospecting expedition to New Guinea, was wrecked on Bramble Reef. The survivors escaped the sinking ship on three boats and two rafts. Two of the boats made it to safety at the British settlement at Cardwell, but the other three craft washed up on the shoreline further north at present day Mission Beach where 14 of the crew, including the captain were killed by the Djuru people (Queenslander, The April 13, 1872).
SourcesQueenslander, The April 6, 1872 and April 13,1872 ; Burrowa News, (NSW), January 31, 1879, p. 3; Forster 1872, pp 13-14 ; NSW V&P 1872; Brisbane Courier, April 4, 1872, p3 (Sources PDF)
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