Site Name Florida Station Poisoning
Aboriginal Place Name Murwangi
Language Group Yolngu
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District Palmerston (no police presence in Arnhem Land at that time)
Latitude -12.478
Longitude 134.965
Date Between 1 Jan 1885 and 31 Dec 1885
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People: Warriors
Victims Killed 100
Victims Killed Notes Yolngu clans poisoned by horse meat distributed by Florida Station manager.
Attackers Colonisers: Manager
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Dispersal
Weapons Used Poison
Narrative Trudgen writes at p 19: "...some months later the pastoralists came with one of their wagons, offering horsemeat to many of the clans...That evening they ate, thanking the pastoralists for their good gifts. It was only when some of the people became violently ill that the Yolngu realised the Balanda had tricked them with some strange sorcery...[p 20] Members of many clans died that day...Yolngu struck back, fighting with spears against muskets and carbines. Soon the skirmishes became running battles." Men, women and children were killed by the poisoning.
Sources Trudgen, Richard, 2000, pp 18-20; Baker, Gwenda 2018, p 8. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***