Site Name Boonall Station, MacIntyre River region
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -28.555,150.246,0
Date Between 12 Sep 1847 and 30 Sep 1847
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 40
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 40, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Settler
Attacker Details Squatter James Mark and a posse of squatters
Motive Revenge for killing of Mark’s son Johnny.
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Muskets
Notes
Narrative Following the Aboriginal killing of squatter James Mark’s son, Johnny on 10 September 1847 in retaliation for his shooting and killing an Aboriginal messenger ‘boy’ at ‘Goodar’ station on the Weir River a week earlier, James Mark gathered a posse of settlers and stockmen and rode south to ‘Boonall’ station on the MacIntyre river where they found forty Aboriginal people camped in the bed of the river. It appears that they shot them all and then burnt the campsite. There is no indication that the Aboriginal group was involved in the killing of Mark’s son.
Sources Richard Bligh, CCL, Gwydir to C C C L, 10 Jan 1849; SRNSW, 2/7634; SMH, October 15, 1847 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/1515260; Watts 1901: 20; Webb 1922: 7-12; Milliss 1980: 39-42; Tonge nd: 22-3; Copland 1990: 52-4.
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