Site NameGoodwood Station, Selwyn Ranges (3)
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupYalarrnga, Pitta Pitts
Present State/TerritoryQLD
Colony/State/Territory at the timeQLD
Police DistrictBurke River, Boulia
Latitude-22.538
Longitude140.253
Date1 Feb 1879
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed20
Victims Killed Notes
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsNative Police, Settler(s), Stockkeeper(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportHorse
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedSnider(s), Repeating Rifle(s)
NarrativeFollowing the killing of stockman Bernard Molvo and three other stockmen at Wonomo Warerhole on Sulieman Creek, between 12 and 21 January 1879, by a group of Yalarrnga and Pitta Pitta Warriors who were conducting a major ceremony nearby, a detachment of native police led by Sub Inspector Ernest Eglinton and assisted by settlers, William Paterson, Alexander Kennedy and Robert Currie and others, carried out at least five reprisal massacres of Yalarrnga and Pitta Pitta people during February 1879. Goodwood Station is the 3rd massacre. Descendants of the massacre survivors estimated that more than 100 were killed overall. This would suggest that about 20 Aboriginal people were killed at each site. The reprisal massacres were reported in the press at the time and many decades later.
SourcesBrisbane Courier, March 5, 1879, "Murders in the Far West"; Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton), March 1, 1879, "Murders in the Far West"; Queenslander, January 15, 1921, "Sketcher. Early Days in North West Queensland"; Townsville Daily Bulletin, June 29, 1917, January 27, 1931<, August 16, 1948; Fysh, 1961, p 94; Bottom, 2013, pp 162-4; Davidson, et al. 2020, pp 1-16. (Sources PDF)
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