Site Name Margaret River Killings, Leopold Ranges
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Goonyiyandi, Bunuba
Colony WA
Present State/Territory WA
Police District Fitzroy Crossing
Latitude -18.138
Longitude 125.075
Date Between 1 Jun 1895 and 30 Jun 1895
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 9
Victims Killed Notes 9-20
Attackers Colonisers: Police, Aboriginal assistants
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Snider, Winchesters, Revolvers
Narrative In mid-1895 PC Pilmer and his native assistants were sent to MacDonald’s station following reports of ‘wholesale killing of cattle in the Margaret River area’. Pilmer reported coming across a group, who were likely Gooniyandi people, of about thirty, twenty of whom were males. They immediately fled after the police raid and the group started making use of their ‘spears, dowirks and quondis to such an extent that we were compelled to fire upon them…’ He reported killing nine men whose names were Murjarri, Widali, Wonboni, Coolya, Mulabia, Mungar, Calapi, Mulyalli and Culcul, who were in possession of ‘between 12 and 13 Cwt [centum weight] of beef’. [Summary from Owen 2016, 322-24.]
Sources ‘The Northern Native Outrage. Police Warfare,’ The Inquirer and Commercial News, 4 January 1895, p.15. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/66263412/6587316; WAPD, ‘Wholesale killing of cattle on Margaret River,’ 23 July 1895, SROWA, Cons.430, File 1808/1895; Shaw 1981: 47. (Sources PDF)
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