Site NameMission Beach (2)
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
Latitude-17.906
Longitude146.097
DateBetween 15 Mar 1872 and 31 Mar 1872
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed92
Victims Killed NotesMen Women,Children
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsSailor(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportBoat
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedFirearm(s), Carbine(s)
NarrativeFollowing the killing of eight Djiru people by Lt Sabben RN and a group of sailors on Mission Beach while searching for survivors of the 'Maria' massacre in late February 1872, Cardwell Police Magistrate R.B. Sheridan ordered Sub-Inspector Johnstone and a detachment of native police troopers to 'inflict decisive punishment'. Johnstone, his detachment and volunteer riflemen attacked and burned down every Djuru camp they could find in the vicinity of Mission Beach possibly between Cardwell and Cooper Point and slaughtered 93 Djuru men, women and children. (Moresby 1876, p.30)
SourcesMoresby, 1876, p 30 ; Bottoms 2013, pp 115; 134-6. (Sources PDF)
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