Site Name Bootanell Swamp/Springs Greenough killings
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Naaguja, Nanda
Colony SRC
Present State/Territory WA
Police District Geraldton - Midwest region
Latitude -28.896
Longitude 114.683
Date Between 3 Jun 1854 and 11 Aug 1854
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 15
Victims Killed Notes 15-30
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Weapons Used Muskets, Swords, Bayonets
Narrative This incident relates to retaliation for threats of cattle killing and threats on the lives of colonists including the spearing of shepherds. The local Aboriginal group made threats to Lockyer Burgess that they would kill his sheep 'when they wanted.' Deputy Superintendent of police, John Nicol Drummond, with a group of station hands from nearby property holdings conducted a massacre of the Aboriginal people who had allegedly been killing stock from the Bootenall (Greenough) area, with Drummond and his force attacking their refuge at Bootenall swamp/springs. Over the next couple of months follow up raids occurred on the Aboriginal people living on the Irwin, Bowes and Chapman Rivers around Geraldton. [Pashley 2002: 53–56.]
Sources Pashley 2002; 53–56. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating *