Site Name Coniston and surrounds 2
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Warlpiri, Anmatyere, Kaytetye
Colony NT
Present State/Territory NT
Police District Barrow Creek
Latitude -22.094
Longitude 132.516
Date Between 1 Aug 1928 and 31 Oct 1928
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 60
Victims Killed Notes More than 60
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes William John (Nugget) Morton, co-owner of Broadmeadows Station, reported that he was attacked by 15 Warlpiri on 28 August.
Transport
Motive
Weapons Used tomahawk, firearms
Narrative Warlpiri also attacked and wounded Nugget Morton at Tomahawk Waterhole on the Lander River and this led to further reprisals on both the Lander and Lower Hanson Rivers, including Circle Well, and Aboriginal deaths (approx. more than 60.) 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: 24-25 https://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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