Site Name Yuleba Creek Massacre, Maranoa PD
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -26.633,150.004,0
Date 4 Mar 1850
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M more than 6, 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 Settlers / Native Police
Attacker Details Lt Richard Marshall and his detachment of native police, James Bennett and John Ferrett, superintendents of Wallan station.
Motive Revenge for Mandandanji attack on Wallan Station and burning it down in April 1849.
Type Of Motive Reprisal settlers
Weapons Used Muskets
Notes
Narrative The Superintendent of Wallan Station, James Bennett said in an affidavit on 15 March 1850: “Mr Marshall … arrived here about the beginning of the month, and I called on him for assistance … Mr John Ferrett of Wallan and myself accompanied by Mr Marshall and the Native Police, on the tracks of the Blacks and in three days came up on them. Some blacks ran away, and a portion of them remained and resisted Mr Marshall’s endeavours to apprehend them. It was therefore deemed necessary to fire upon them, and an affray took place, in which some fell. Having dispersed the Natives we examined their camp, and found several articles ... taken from this station when it was burnt down in April last. We also recognised amongst the Blacks who had fallen two natives who were present on the occasion referred to when I may add that the Hut Keeper was murdered. I did not count the number of natives slain ---signed James Bennett’ (Collins 2002:96). Collins considers that the massacre was an ‘extended encounter’ of ‘cataclysmic’ proportions in which Aboriginal people were ‘pursued’ through the scrub in preparation for putting the station up for sale and assure potential buyers that it was safe from Aboriginal attack. (Collins 2002:96-101)
Sources MBC, April 6, 1850 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/541520; MM, April 26, June 26 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/126527, 1850; Collins 2002: 92-101; Copland et al. 2006: 62
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