Site Name Leopold Ranges - West Kimberley
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Bunuba, Nyikina
Colony WA
Present State/Territory WA
Police District Fitzroy Crossing - West Kimberley
Latitude -17.5
Longitude 124.75
Date Between 1 Jun 1892 and 31 Aug 1892
Attack Time
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 7
Victims Killed Notes
Attackers Colonisers: Police
Attackers Killed 2
Attackers Killed Notes Robert Allen, Thomas Henryand Robert Henry speared. Robert Henry Survived.
Transport Horse
Motive
Weapons Used Winchesters, Revolvers
Narrative On 8 June 1892 Kerralin, Meralmaddie, Merrigal, Yemin, Jinkymarra and a man named Packer, an ex–station hand from Lillamaloora Station, speared Robert Henry, Robert Allen and Thomas Henry with Robert Allen and Thomas Henry killed. A police party led by PC Armitage took over a month to find Packer and shoot him. They then shot another seven Aboriginal men and arrested one more. PC Armitage, no doubt learning from his arrest in late 1889 for unlawful killing, pointedly stated ‘the natives were camped in a very rough place and it was a matter of impossibility to effect the arrest of them alive’. [Owen, 2016: 296-297.]
Sources ‘‘Two men murdered and third wounded by natives on the Leopold Ranges - Police Corporal Holmes, Derby, [Thomas Henry; Robert Allen; William Amitage; Robert (?) Goodridge; Thomas Yates; Robert Henry; 'Barrier Station;' Ernest Black]’, SROWA, AN 24, Cons.527, File 939/1892; Owen, 2016: 296-297. (Sources PDF)
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