Site Name Fraser Island
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -25.599,153.090,0
Date Between 24 Dec 1851 and 3 Jan 1852
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 Military / Native Police
Attacker Details Commandant Frederick Walker of NSW with 24 troopers of native police along with Lt Marshall and Sgt Major Dolan and captain and crew of the schooner, Maragaret and Mary, all armed and sworn in as special constables.
Motive To ‘break up’ Aboriginal clans that had sought sanctuary on the island
Type Of Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Driven into sea
Notes
Narrative Purpose: to ‘break up’ Aboriginal clans that had sought sanctuary on the island. A punitive expedition of eleven days duration Aboriginal people ‘driven into the sea, and kept there as long as daylight and life lasted’.
Sources Lauer 1977; SMH, January 22, 1852 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/1509723.
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