Site Name Tempe Downs (Alice Springs - Arrernte country)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Matuntara & Irbmangkara
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -24.478,132.592,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1875 and 31 Dec 1875
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 80
Aboriginal People Killed Notes 80-100
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Attacker Category
Attacker Details Matuntara men & Irbmangkara people
Motive Matuntara men originally avenging a ceremonial indiscretion committed by Irbmangkara campers.
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used
Narrative Matuntara men avenged a ceremonial indiscretion committed by Irbmangkara campers. There were reported to be 80-100 deaths. The Irbmangkara people, led by Nameia, then sought revenge in the following years, pursuing their targets beyond the SA border until the leaders of the Irbmangkara massacre were killed.
Sources Nettelbeck & Foster 2007: 8.
Corroboration Rating ***