Site Name Tempe Downs
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Matuntara & Irbmangkara
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District Port Augusta
Latitude -24.478
Longitude 132.592
Date Between 1 Jan 1875 and 31 Dec 1875
Attack Time
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 80
Victims Killed Notes 80-100
Attackers Aboriginal People: Warriors
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Foot
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Spears
Narrative Matuntara men avenged a ceremonial indiscretion committed by Irbmangkara campers. There were reported to be 80-100 deaths. The Irbmangkara people, led by Nameia, then sought revenge in the following years, pursuing their targets beyond the SA border until the leaders of the Irbmangkara massacre were killed.
Sources Nettelbeck & Foster 2007: 8. (Sources PDF)
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