Site NameCrescent Lagoon
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place NameLurdurdminyi
Language GroupMangarrayi
Present State/TerritoryNT
Colony/State/Territory at the timeSA
Police DistrictNone at that stage
Latitude-14.858
Longitude133.749
DateBetween 5 Aug 1875 and 15 Aug 1875
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed40
Victims Killed NotesMen, women and children
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsMounted Police
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportHorse
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedPistol(s), Rifle(s)
NarrativeSee also Mount McMinn, Harris Lagoon, Calder Range and Mole Hill massacres. A range of sources (see below) detail these massacres. 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.
SourcesNTTG, September 18, 1875, ; December 4 1875, p 2 ; December 25, 1875, p 2 ; Wilson, 2000, pp 221-222; Roper River Police Station Heritage Assessment Report, 2015, pp 9-11; Toohey, Roper Bar Land Claim Report, 1982, p 3; Austin, 1992, pp 15-16; Roberts 2005, pp 116-122. (Sources PDF)
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