Site Name Ivanhoe Station (1) East Kimberley
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Kitja, Mirrawong
Colony WA
Present State/Territory WA
Police District Wyndham - East Kimberley
Latitude -15.69
Longitude 128.683
Date 11 Nov 1895
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 20
Victims Killed Notes 20
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport
Motive
Weapons Used Snider, Winchesters, Revolvers
Narrative Official Records Missing. 'The occurrence book for Wyndham Station states that in November 1895 a large police party was ordered to undertake a bush patrol in the East Kimberley. [To locate alledged cattle killers.] The police party consisted of PC Rhatigan, Sergeant Wheatley, four native assistants (Mickey, Willy, Joe and Bubby) and thirteen horses. Sergeant Wheatley’s private notebook, curiously the only surviving record of this event, describes how the police party left Wyndham on 6 November [1895], arrived at Ivanhoe Station on 9 November [1895] and, after tracking until 11 November, found a group of Aboriginal people deemed responsible for cattle killing. Sergeant Wheatley described the scene: ‘Left camp at 6.30am and followed the tracks and came upon the natives in a large lagoon, the assistants told them to come out of the water and reeds, two of them came which we arrested. The rest of them tried to escape but in doing so we fired on them killing twenty men, the women and children making good their escape. The two we arrested shewed [sic] us where they killed the cattle and told us they had killed plenty;the following are the names of the two we arrested[:] Ginnare, Cunbiliger.’ [Summary from Owen 2016: 361-62.]
Sources ‘Private diary of Sergeant Thomas Wheatley during police patrols from Wyndham from 6 November to 23 December 1895’, [Wheatley Manuscript], 11 November 1895, Battye Library, Cons.1266A, Manuscript; Owen, 2016:363. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***