Site Name John Durack (EK) Punitive Expedition
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Jaru, Kitja
Colony WA
Present State/Territory WA
Police District Halls Creek
Latitude -15.5
Longitude 128.35
Date Between 17 Nov 1886 and 1 Nov 1887
Attack Time
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 120
Victims Killed Notes
Attackers Colonisers: Police, Aboriginal Assistant(s), Settler(s)
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used
Narrative John Durack and his cousin John Wallace Durack of the Ord River Station were ambushed by a group of Aboriginal men about 97 kilometres from their camp. John Durack was fatally speared.
Sources "WAPD, East Kimberley Wyndham Police Station. Ambush of John Durack and Party by natives, 17/11/86 to 12/12/86', report 11 January 1887, .Report from P.C. Ritchie of the wilful shooting of 'Young Jacky' and 'Monday' by 'Nipper'. J.J. Durack implicated. December 28, 1897, . SROWA, AN 5/1, Cons.430, File 298/1887; Correspondence .Bishop Gibney and the Nor. West Settlers., The West Australian, 14 November 1892, WAPD, .East Kimberley, Wyndham Station, Death of John Durack by Natives, Undated Note Signed .Gurney., Det, Received by the Police Dept,15 November 1892., SROWA, AN 5/1, Cons. 430, File 2108/1892.p.3; M.P. Durack, 1933; C.Owen, 2003; C.Owen, 2016. " (Sources PDF)
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