Site NameSulieman Creek, Selwyn Ranges (2)
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupYalarrnga
Present State/TerritoryQLD
Colony/State/Territory at the timeQLD
Police DistrictBurke River, Boulia
Latitude-22.076
Longitude139.76
DateBetween 1 Feb 1879 and 28 Feb 1879
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed20
Victims Killed Notes
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsNative Police, Settler(s), Stockmen/Drover(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportHorse
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedSnider(s), Repeating Rifle(s)
NarrativeBetween 12 and 21 January 1879, a large group of Yalarrnga and Pitta Pitta warriors who were conductng ceremonies at Sulieman Creek, killed stockman Bernard Molvo and three other stockmen at Wonomo Waterhole on Sulieman Creek. In reprisal, a detachment of native police led by Sub-Inspector Ernest Eglinton and assisted by settlers Alexander Kennedy and Robert Currie from Buckingham Downs pastoral station, William Paterson from Goodwood station and others, conducted five separate massacres of the Yalarrnga and Pitta Pitta people in February 1879. Sulieman Creek is the second in the series. It is estimated by descendants of the Yalarrnga survivors that more than 100 Yalarrnga and Pitta Pitta men, women and children were slaughtered. It is estimated that about 20 Aboriginal people were killed at each site. The reprisal campaign was widely reported in the press at the time.
SourcesBrisbane Courier, March 5, 1879, "Murders in the Far West"; Morning Bulletin, March 1, 1879, "Blackall"; Evening News, March 10, 1879, "Massacres by the Queensland Blacks'; Queenslander, January 8, 1921, "Sketcher Early Days in North West Queensland"; Townsville Daily Bulletin, June 29, 1917, January 27, 1931, August 16, 1948; Fysh 1961, p 94; Bottoms 2013, p 162-4; Davidson et. al. 2020, p 1-16. (Sources PDF)
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