Site Name York
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Ballardong Noongar
Colony SRC
Present State/Territory WA
Police District York - Wheatbelt region
Latitude -31.53
Longitude 116.46
Date Between 1 May 1837 and 31 May 1837
Attack Time Day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 7
Victims Killed Notes
Attackers Colonisers: Settlers, Soldiers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used
Narrative ‘Every Soldier had received a carte blanc from Lieutenant Bunbury and Mr McLeod, to shoot the Natives in all directions, and they have been faithful to their mission; but none of those victims had been previously tried, nor even the least evidence brought against them, before the deadly weapon of the armed European prostrated them to the ground. Barbarities of the middle age have been committed even by boys and Servants, who shot the unarmed woman, the unoffensive child, and the men who kindly showed it them the road in the bush; the ears of the corpses have been cut off, and hung up in the kitchen of a gentleman, as a signal of triumph.’ The Swan River Guardian, ‘Blood and Innocent Blood again’, 16 Nov 1837, Perth Gazette 29 July 1837; 944.
Sources The Swan River Guardian, ‘Blood and Innocent Blood again’, 16 Nov 1837, Perth Gazette 29 July 1837, 944. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/23543294H.W. Bunbury, 1834-37. (Sources PDF)
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