Site Name Ravensthorpe (Conconurup/Kukenarup/Carracarrup)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Minang Noongar
Colony WA
Present State/Territory WA
Police District Ravensthorpe South West region
Latitude -33.582
Longitude 120.047
Date Between 1 Oct 1880 and 30 Nov 1880
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 30
Victims Killed Notes 30-50
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport
Motive
Weapons Used Winchesters, Pistols
Narrative [After John Dunn.s death] 'The remaining members on the station were then granted licence to shoot the natives for a period of one month, during which time the fullest advantage was taken of the privilege. Natives were shot from the station through Lime Kiln Flat, Manjitup and down to where Ravensthorpe is now situated. In the course of their guerrilla warfare, the whites arrived one day at the Carracarrup Rock Hole, and, knowing it was a watering place for the blacks, they crept quietly over the hill until they could peer down into the hole. There they saw two natives who had just risen from drinking. Two shots broke the stillness of the gorge and two dusky souls were sent home to their Maker. The bodies were left lying at the rock hole where they dropped as a grim reminder to the rest of the tribe of the white man.s retribution.'
Sources Brockway 1998:70; Landgrafft https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-05-22/kukenarup-memorial-opened-in-ravensthorpe/6490332; Western Mail, 17 October 1935:8 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/38944566 (Sources PDF)
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