Site Name Mole Hill
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Mangarrayi
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District
Latitude -14.879
Longitude 133.83
Date 2 Sep 1875
Attack Time dawn
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 On 4 September 1875, a posse of mounted police, led by Constable Montagu attacked a campsite of Aboriginal people at Mole Hill and dispersed a large group of them. 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, 1999; Roper River Police Station Heritage Assessment Report, 2015, pp 9-11; Roper Bar Land Claim Report, 1982, p 3; Austin 1992 HSNT, p15-16. (Sources PDF)
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