Site NameMirki
Aboriginal Place NameMirki
Language GroupIwaidja
Present State/TerritoryNT
Colony/State/Territory at the timeSA
Police DistrictPort Darwin
Latitude-12.104
Longitude134.911
DateBetween 1 Jan 1889 and 31 Dec 1896
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim Descriptions
Victims Killed40
Victims Killed NotesCertainly dozens of Aboriginal people from a camp named Mirki.
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsPastoralist(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportHorse
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedFirearm(s)
NarrativeRead and Read (1991, p 24) relate this story from an anonymous person at Milingimbi: “Aboriginal people from a camp at Mirki were killing cattle on Florida Station, near Milingimbi. After confessing to cattle killing, an Aboriginal person was murdered. In a surprise night attack, the adults at the camp were murdered and the surviving children were murdered the following day. The Aboriginal people at the camp hid in trees at the night and the ‘Balanda’ shot up at them - ‘And they all just went falling down onto the ground. Every one of them, just lying there, and not only a few, lots of them’.
SourcesRead and Read 1991; Gaunt 1934, ‘Old Time Memories, The Lepers of Arnheim [sic] Land and Sketches’ Northern Standard July 10, 1834, p 6 . (Sources PDF)
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