Site Name Calico Creek
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Unclear
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District No police presence at that time (Borroloola Police Stn not established until Oct 1886).
Latitude -15.201
Longitude 135.554
Date Between 1 Sep 1872 and 30 Sep 1872
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 6
Victims Killed Notes Unknown.
Attackers Colonisers: Explorers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes NA
Weapons Used spears, boomerangs, revolvers, rifles
Narrative An exploration party comprising Dillon Cox, Wentworth Darcy Uhr, James Barry, William Harvey, James Broderick, Jimmy Soo and Ah Choo were at a place they named Calico Creek (there is nothing by that name now) at the Cox River en route from Burketown to Port Darwin. The description of the Aboriginal attack, incuding the absence of women and children, gives rise to the conclusion that a men's ceremony was interrupted by the party. The number of deceased is unclear but was described as "At length, after a fearfully anxious period, savage doggedness found its limit. Their advance was checked, but yet for nearly a full half-hour they held their ground in the face of strange weapons, of whose deadliness they received momentarily fearful proofs in the numbers of their comrades who writhed or lay forever motionless among them."
Sources Brisbane Courier, October 27 1874: 3; Dymock 1991: 10-11; Roberts 2009; Morrison (Sources PDF)
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