Site Name Crescent Lagoon, Northern Territory
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Mangarrayi
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District
Latitude -14.858
Longitude 133.749
Date Between 5 Aug 1875 and 15 Aug 1875
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 40
Victims Killed Notes
Attackers Colonisers: Mounted Police
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Rifles, Pistols
Narrative Following the killing of Charles Henry Johnston at Roper Bar on 29 June 1875, by Mangarrayi warriors, two reprisal parties, one led by Corporal George Montagu comprising 10 men and the other, also of 10 men, led by senior telegraph officer, Jonathan Little, and brother in law of Johnston, arrived at Roper Bar on 2 August and buried Johnston's remains. On 5 August the two parties started up the Roper River to Crescent Lagoon and returned on 15 August. It is estimated that 40 Mangarrayi people were slaughtered. This is the second massacre in the Mole Hill series.
Sources NTTG,September 18,1875, 1875, p 2; December 4 1875, p 2; December 25, 1875, p 2; Wilson, 2008, pp 221-222; Roper River Police Station Heritage Assessment Report, 2015:9-11; Roper Bar Land Claim Report, 1982: 3; Austin 1992 HSNT:15-16; Roberts 2005: 116-122. (Sources PDF)
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