Site Name Swan Valley/Success Hill
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Whadjuk Noongar
Colony SRC
Present State/Territory WA
Police District Perth
Latitude -31.895
Longitude 115.958
Date Between 1 Jan 1829 and 31 Dec 1829
Attack Time
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 20
Victims Killed Notes 20-30
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Foot
Motive
Weapons Used Muskets, Bayonets
Narrative Early colonist Captain Charles Fremantle wrote of an account in the Swan Valley after over 40 of Peter Browns sheep were taken by local Noongar people in what they clearly considered an act of reciprocity and exchange of food. Local Noongar approached the farm shouting ‘Kangaroo, Kangaroo!’ suggesting exchange of sheep for the kangaroo the colonists had killed. Another account by Jane Dodd adds more the story: ‘the sequel’ to the taking of Kangaroo 'is too awful to contemplate’ she wrote. ‘They were followed and the soldiers and others fell in with them about midnight (it was supposed their number exceeded two hundred men, women and children) seated around several large fires, at which were roasting about ten sheep; the followers all fired into the midst of the thickest groups, killing some and wounding many….' [Carter, 2005; 78-80.]
Sources Berryman 2002: 233; Carter 2005:78-80. (Sources PDF)
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