Site Name Jail House Creek - East Kimberley
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Worla, Kitja
Colony WA
Present State/Territory WA
Police District East Kimberley
Latitude -16.461
Longitude 128.215
Date Between 1 Jan 1900 and 31 Dec 1900
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 50
Victims Killed Notes 50-100
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Incineration
Narrative Hector Chunda:
'Some Kartiya [White People] bin round em up the blackfellas long bush, put em chains around their necks. they used to bring em, camp along the road, footwork, drive em like a mob of cattle. They took em to the right place, Jail Creek.
They went up to the rock hole there, having the camp dinner. Then they were carting wood, take em back to the place where they were camping, then tie them up, like a dog.
Right all the kartiya get em their guns, line em up every girl and boy and shoot em down got a rifle. Whang all the children on the rocks. [Smash their skulls on the rocks.] Chuck em kerosene, put em on the firewood and chuck all em them dead bodies in the firewood place, put em kerosene and chuck em matches.
Burn em up them, finished, they all there. Thats the way (that’s why) thy bin call em Jail creek.
Boy and girls and children, all bin burn em up, shoot em down, get em all the kids like this one, hang em long tree. Thats the way not much Kija people and Mirriwoong longa this country. They bin finish em up. Kartiya bin finish em up, killed the lot.' [Ross and Bray, 1989:18.]
Sources Ross and Bray, 1989:18. (Sources PDF)
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