Site Name Calder's Range, Northern Territory
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Mangarrayi
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District
Latitude -14.656
Longitude 134.571
Date 29 Aug 1875
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 40
Victims Killed Notes
Attackers Colonisers: Government official
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Rifles, Pistols
Narrative Following the killing of Charles Johnston at Roper Bar in the NT by Mangarrayi on 29 June 1875, 2 reprisal parties comprising 20 men, assembled at Roper Bar on 2 August and between 5 August and 4 September conducted a series of massacres at Aboriginal camps in the region. On 29 August 1875 a party on foot attacked an Aboriginal camp on the north side of the Roper River under Calder's Range. It is estimated that 40 people were shot.
Sources NTTG,September 18,1875, 1875, p 2; December 4 1875, p 2; December 25, 1875, p 2; Wilson, 2008, pp 221-222; Roberts 2009: 115-124; Roper River Police Station Heritage Assessment Report 2015: 9-11; Roper Bar Land Claim Report 1982:3; Austin 1992 HSNT: 15-16. (Sources PDF)
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