Site NameMission Beach (3)
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupDjiru
Present State/TerritoryQLD
Colony/State/Territory at the timeQLD
Police DistrictCardwell
Latitude-17.893
Longitude146.085
DateBetween 8 Mar 1872 and 15 Mar 1872
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed45
Victims Killed NotesMWC
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsSailor(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportBoat
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedMuzzle Loading Rifle(s)
NarrativeAs the third reprisal following the Djuru massacre of 14 crew of the wreck of the schooner 'Maria' on Bramble reef on 26 February 1872, Captain Moresby from HMS 'Basilisk', landed at Mission Beach with a party of sailors and killed a further 45 Djuru men, women and children at their campsite at Clump Point (Moresby 1876, p28-9) In all 146 Djuru were recorded killed in the three massacres over the week 8-15 March 1872 in reprisal for the Djuru killing 14 crew of the schooner 'Maria'.
SourcesMoresby 1876, p 30 ; Queenslander April 6, 1872, p9 and April 13, 1872, p 8 ; Bottoms 2013, p.134-5. (Sources PDF)
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