Site Name Ivanhoe Station (2) East Kimberley
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Mirrawong Gadgerong
Colony WA
Present State/Territory WA
Police District Wyndham - East Kimberley
Latitude -16.662
Longitude 128.683
Date 27 Dec 1895
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 20
Victims Killed Notes 20-40
Attackers Colonisers: Police
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Rifles
Narrative An East Kimberley police patrol from 22 November 1895 until 24 December 1895 that included Sergeant Wheatley, PC Rhatigan, four native assistants (Mickey, Willy, Joe and Bubby). A telegram from Inspector Orme to the commissioner of police indicates the patrol shot the entire group of Aboriginal people they came across: ‘Returned today[,] met police party about eighty miles from here[,] they have had most successful trip[. T]ribe recently killing at Durack Bros Ivanhoe Stud Station thoroughly dispersed not one escaping. Durack Bros reports no killing on Argyle Downs station[.] Sergt Wheatley met Halls Creek police party at Lissadell station where both parties dispersed several tribes.’ Estimated 20-40 killed. [Summary from Owen 2016; 362.]
Sources CSO, ‘Telegram from Sub Inspector Orme to Commissioner of Police GB Phillips’, Wyndham Station, 15 December 1895, SROWA, AN 24, Cons.527, File 823/1895. See also Telegram dated 27 December 1895. Const. Inglis and party ‘dispersed several tribes on Lissadell and Ord River Stations’, CSO, AN 24, Cons.527, File 823/1895. Owen, 2003: 360-364. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***