Site Name Little Gregory
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Wardaman
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District Gordon Creek
Latitude -16.756
Longitude 130.381
Date Between 1 Nov 1895 and 30 Nov 1895
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 10
Victims Killed Notes
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative This incident was a daylight attack on Paddy Cahill who had a reputation for his ability to shoot accurately at a gallop on horseback. Lewis, 2004: 247-248 writes: "In November 1895, Paddy Cahill took a mob of horses from Katherine to the Depot where he had arranged to meet the Government Resident, Charles Dashwood. As he was crossing the Little Gregory Creek about fourteen miles from its junction with the Victoria River he was attacked by Aborigines. In his words, We had just started from the luncheon camp, and had hardly gone 300 yards when I noticed some very fresh black's tracks. Knowing that the blacks were very bad in that part of the country I took my rifle from under my saddle flap and filled it with cartridges. I rode on a few yards when one of my boys cried out, "Look out Paddy!" I knew the blacks must be behind me, so I dodged down alongside my horse's shoulder, and only just in time. A spear struck my hat, going through it, and giving me hard knock on the head. Luckily I am Irish, and a bit thickheaded, so it did very little harm! Before I could say a word I had niggers all around. I could do nothing but shoot as quickly as possible, and I can shoot fairly quickly. I don't know how many niggers I shot-I didn't stop to count them." Cahill continued on, and was followed by the blacks for several days and nights, but was not attacked again.
Sources Lewis 2004: 247-248. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***