Site Name Wave Hill Station
Aboriginal Place Name Kalkarindji and Dagaragu
Language Group Warlpiri & Gurindji
Colony NT
Present State/Territory NT
Police District Timber Creek
Latitude -17.473
Longitude 130.826
Date Between 1 Jan 1920 and 31 Dec 1922
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People: Warriors
Victims Killed 30
Victims Killed Notes More than 30.
Attackers Colonisers: Stockman/Drover
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative Read and Japaljarri note that Paddy Cahill's assistance was called "in about 1924 to deal with cattle killers. He shot over 30 bush people." Paddy Cahill was the Manager of Oenpelli Station and died on 4 Feb 1923 in Sydney [NT Dictionary of Biography refers]. His brother, Tommy Cahill, was Manager of Wave Hill Station from 1895-1905. As Lewis noted: "Relations between the settlers and the Aborigines were hostile from the beginning. Tom Cahill said that, ‘At first the natives were very wild and used to give us a lot of trouble, killing our cattle’ (SMH, 19-2-1921)."
Sources Read and Japaljarri, 1978, 147. Lewis, 2018, 527, 538. (Sources PDF)
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