Site Name Coniston and surrounds 1
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Warlpiri, Anmatyere, Kaytetye
Colony NT
Present State/Territory NT
Police District Barrow Creek
Latitude -22.084
Longitude 132.506
Date Between 1 Aug 1928 and 31 Oct 1928
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 50
Victims Killed Notes More than 50
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 1
Attackers Killed Notes Dingo trapper, Fred Brooks, who was killed on 7 August, 1928.
Transport
Motive
Weapons Used spears, firearms
Narrative Following the killing of Fred Brooks (committed by a man named Nugget or Bullfrog for stealing Nugget's/Bullfrog's wife) by Warlpiri at Yurrguru on Coniston, a number (more than 50) of Aboriginal people (Warlpiri and Yanmatjiri) were killed in punitive expeditions by a police party comprising Mounted Constable George Murray, Alex Wilson, Stafford, John Saxby, Billy Briscoe, Dodger and trackers Paddy and Major, in the next few weeks around the Lander River and to the west of Coniston Station. The official death toll for the Coniston Massacre was 17.
Sources Woodward 1978; Read and Read 1991: 33-7; Bell 1993: 67-68; Toohey 1978; Edmond 2013: 104; Morrison www.australianfrontierconflicts.com.au; Alice Springs News Online August 15 2018 https://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/2018/08/15/the-coniston-massacre-remembered; NT News, 25 Aug 2018: 24-25https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-24/nt-police-apologise-for-state-sanctioned-coniston-massacre/10162850; Wilson and O'Brien 2003. (Sources PDF)
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