Site Name Galup - Lake Monger
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Whadjuk Noongar
Colony SRC
Present State/Territory WA
Police District Perth
Latitude -31.929
Longitude 115.826
Date Between 3 May 1830 and 5 May 1830
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 30
Victims Killed Notes 30-40
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Foot
Motive
Weapons Used Muskets, Bayonets
Narrative On 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. 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. 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. [Carter, 2005; 68-74]
Sources Swan River Papers, HRA Series III Vol.vi:73; The Western Mail, 9 January, 1914: 38 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/44879885/3479435; Carter 2005: 67-74. (Sources PDF)
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