Site Name Maryborough, Burnett PD
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -25.537,152.725,0
Date 1 Nov 1854
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 Settler
Attacker Details Flour was stolen from the store of Henry Palmer
Motive To stop theft of his goods
Type Of Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Poison
Notes
Narrative Quote from local historian, J. Lennon: "Late in November 1854…when Aborigines ate flour laced with strychnine, among provisions stolen from the store of Henry Palmer. “There was a great whaling [sic] heard in the camp at Granville where they were sent every night,” an old settler recorded, “and in the morning several of them were found dead, poisoned."’
Sources Bottoms 2013: 86.
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