Site Name Daly River and Mary River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -13.713,130.687,0
Date 2 Sep 1884
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 20
Aboriginal People Killed Notes 20-30, however some reports estimate it to be between 70-150.
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 4
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes John Landers, Houschildt and Johannes Noltenius + their cook, Schollert.
Attacker Category Retribution expedition
Attacker Details Retribution expedition led by Mounted Constable Montague.
Motive Retaliation for the murders of Landers, Houschildt, Noltenius and Schollert.
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Spears & firearms
Narrative After the killing of John Landers, Houschildt and Johannes Noltenius and Schoolert, at Mount Hayward copper mine, (insert location and date of incident ) a reprisal operation was carried out a by Mounted Constable Montagu. His report documented 20-30 Aboriginal deaths, but other contemporary reports suggest between 70-150, and modern estimates are higher.’ Abner Range (Gulf) Malakoff Creek
Sources Nettelbeck 2004: 19; Wilson 2000: 271; Morrison; Evening Journal, June 4 1885; SA Register, June 11 1885; Roberts 2009; North Australian, November 27 1885.
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