Site Name Argument Flat NT
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District Yam Creek
Latitude -13.008
Longitude 130.956
Date 27 Sep 1884
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People: Warriors
Victims Killed 10
Victims Killed Notes Men, women, one child
Attackers Colonisers: Settler
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes NA
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Carbines, Revolvers
Narrative Three carters claimed to have shot some Aborgines in self-defence following Aboriginal visitors to their camp the night before who, upon learning there were no police in the group, returned the next day, armed, and demanded food. The carters defended themselves and reported the matter. NTTG, 4 October 1884, page 2: "A volunteer party, consisting of Messrs. Ranford, Baines, Leyden, and four others, under the command of the well-known prospector, Mr Phil Saunders, was organised at Southport, and the Government Resident dispatched the steam launch Maggie on Sunday morning, with arms and ammunition for the Southport party which made a start early on the morning of the 28th. A party of policemen, under the command of Corporal Montague, left Yam Creek on Saturday night for the scene of the attack."
Sources Austin (1992), p 25; SA Register, 12 Feb 1886, p6; NTTG 4 Oct 1884, p2 (Sources PDF)
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