Site Name Willeroo
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Wardaman
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District Pine Creek
Latitude -15.285
Longitude 131.58
Date Between 15 Oct 1892 and 30 Nov 1892
Attack Time night
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 6
Victims Killed Notes Minimum number of 6 has been inserted.
Attackers Colonisers: Manager
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative Lewis (2004) 243-244 notes: "writing in 1896 Mounted Constable Willshire stated that, 'They were tracked up by an avenging party, and sic transit gloria mundi!' ('Thus passes the glory of the world'). A decade later Hely Hutchinson, who passed through Willeroo with drover Rose on his epic trek with cattle from Lissadell Station in 1905, and who met many of the early residents, wrote that Crawford had 'found the myalls gloriously drunk and capering about the house like a mob of black devils.' Crawford then avenged Scott's death, in a terrible manner, and the "gruelling" he gave the myalls on that occasion is still spoken off by the niggers in those parts as the Israelites of old told to their children the horror of the wrath of the Lord, when he sent plague, pestilence and famine into their lands as a correction for their misdeeds... He and his half-caste dealt out white man's justice with their Winchesters, and when the police arrived from Pine Creek, a couple of days later, they found plenty of employment burying the sons of darkness'."
Sources Lewis (2004) 243-244; NTTG 11 Nov 1892 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **