Site NameGalup, Lake Monger
Aboriginal Place NameGalup
Language GroupWhadjuk Noongar
Present State/TerritoryWA
Colony/State/Territory at the timeSRC
Police DistrictPerth
DateBetween 3 May 1830 and 5 May 1830
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim Descriptions
Victims Killed30
Victims Killed Notes30-40
Attacker DescriptionsMilitary, Settler(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
Weapons UsedMusket(s), Bayonet(s)
NarrativeOn the 18 May 1830, the commandant of the Swan River Colony’s 63rd regiment Frederick Irwin, made it clear to his superiors that he had a ‘duty’ to make the local Whadjuk Noongars subservient to British authority (Irwin cited in Carter, 2005, p 67). Two parties of colonists, one lead by Ensign Dale and the other by Irwin tracked down a group of over 40 Noongar people who were considered aggressive. After a twenty minute ‘parley’ an undetermined number of Noongar were killed and wounded (Swan River Papers series 111, Vol. 5, p 120). Another colonist wrote in a letter dated 14 July 1830 ‘The Natives – have been very troublesome in Perth since I wrote and in a skirmish with a strong party, who were evidently determined upon mischief – several of the detachment 63rd Regt were wounded with spears – the report says – (for it was impossible to ascertain the fact) that thirty or forty of the natives were kill’d or wounded (John Morgan, Swan River Papers, Vol. 6, p 73 cited in Carter, 2005, p 69). 'Eventually the blacks were dislodged from their position, when they hurriedly made for a swamp about 2.5 miles north west of the camp [Perth], probably what is now known as Monger's Lake.'
SourcesWestern Mail, March 20, 1914, p 52; 9 January, 1914, p 38; ‘Letter from W.H. Mackie to Col. Sec. P. Brown SROWA, Cons. 608 1 WA S1243; Irwin, Frederick Chidley, ‘Correspondence 1808-1844’, London Literary Gazette and Journal of the Belles Lettres, p805, ‘Affray at Swan River’; SROWA CSR ACC 36, Vol 6, p 146; Swan River Papers, HRA Series III Vol. VI, p 73; Carter, 2005, pp 67-74. (Sources PDF)
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