Site Name Cooninghera Waterhole halfway between Birdsville and Durrie on the Diamantina River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Mindiri and Wardumba
Colony SA
Present State/Territory SA
Police District
Latitude -26.574
Longitude 139.226
Date Between 1 Jan 1888 and 31 Dec 1889
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 40
Victims Killed Notes 40+ M
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, repeating rifles
Narrative Reprisal for killing of the station cook who was guilty of rape. Large number of Mindiri and Wardamba people gathered for a ceremony. Linguist Louise Hercus recorded the story from an Aboriginal informant who was told of the massacre by his father and other relatives. It made a huge impact on the entire Aboriginal community.
Sources Hercus 1977: 56; Farwell 1950: 36-40; Hercus and Sutton 1986: 183-4 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **