Site NameDajarra Monument, Selwyn Ranges (5)
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupYalarrnga, Pitta Pitta
Present State/TerritoryQLD
Colony/State/Territory at the timeQLD
Police DistrictBurke River, Boulia
Latitude-21.749
Longitude139.906
DateBetween 1 Feb 1879 and 28 Feb 1879
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed20
Victims Killed Notesmen, women and children
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsNative Police, Settler(s), Stockmen/Drover(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportHorse
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedSnider(s), Repeating Rifle(s), Machete(s)
NarrativeFollowing the killing of stockman Bernard Molvo and three other stockmen at Wonomo Waterhole on Sulieman Creek between 12 and 21 January 1879, by Yalarrnga and Pitta Pitta warriors who were conducting a major ceremony, Acting Sub-Inspector Edward Eglington, set off in early February with a detachment of native police, settlers William Paterson, Alexander Kennedy, Robert Currie, Frederick Margetts and some stockmen in search of the alleged perpetrators. Over the next few weeks, according to Yalarrnga descendants of the survivors, the posse slaughtered more than 100 Yalarrnga and Pitta Pitta men, women and children in five separate massacres known as the Selwyn Ranges massacres (Bottoms, 2013, 162-4). The Dajarra Monument is the last massacre in the site group . The reprisal massacres were reported in the contemporary press, and settler memoirs (Fysh 1961), and in interviews with Aboriginal descendants (Davidson et. al 2000).
SourcesBrisbane Courier, March 5, 1879, "Murders in the Far West" ; Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton), March 1, 1879, "Blackall. [From our Correspondent] ; Queenslander, January 8, 1921 "Sketcher, Early Days in North-West Queensland" ; Townsville Daily Bulletin, June 29, 1917, January 27, 1931< http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61581906>, August 16, 1948 ; Fysh 1961, p 94; Bottoms 2013, p 162-4; Davidson, 2020, p 1-16. (Sources PDF)
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