Site Name Hodgson Downs Station, Bailey Creek, Minyerri
Aboriginal Place Name Minyerri
Language Group Maijarayi and Alawa
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District Elsey
Latitude -15.225
Longitude 134.079
Date Between 1 Jan 1901 and 31 Dec 1902
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People: Warriors
Victims Killed 30
Victims Killed Notes 30-40 Alawa men, women & children.
Attackers Colonisers: Stockman/Drover
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative The massacre at Hodgson Downs occurred shortly before 1903 (or 1904, according to different sources). Estimates of the number killed range between 30 and 40 Alawa people, including men, women and children. It is reported that white settlers circled and shot “Aboriginal men who had been cutting timber for them, flinging children against trees or smashing stones against their skulls, and shooting women.” According to August Sandy Lirriwirri, Stephen Roberts’ grandfather, Old Charlie Waypuldanya, was among the few people who escaped. Carried out in reprisal for the killing of cattle and horses by the Alawa people.
Sources Morrison www.australianfrontierconflicts.com.au; Layton and Ucko 1999: 235; Read and Read 1991: 12-16; RAHC https://www.rahc.com.au/sites/default/files/documents/community_profiles/Minyerri%20Community%20Profile.pdf; Merlan 1978 p87. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***