Site Name Coniston and surrounds 1
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Warlpiri & Arrernte
Colony NT
Present State/Territory NT
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -22.084,132.506,0
Date Between 1 Aug 1928 and 31 Oct 1928
Attack Time Day
Aboriginal People Killed 50
Aboriginal People Killed Notes More than 50
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 1
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Dingo trapper, Fred Brooks, who was killed on 7 August, 1928.
Attacker Category Police punitive expedition.
Attacker Details
Motive Brooks murdered by a man named Nugget for stealing Nugget's wife. Warlpiri people killed in response in punitive expeditions.
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Spears & unknown (presumably firearms)
Narrative Following the killing of Fred Brooks by Warlpiri at Yurrguru on Coniston, a number (more than 50) of Aboriginal people (Warlpiri and Yanmatjiri) were killed by a police party in the next few weeks.
Sources Woodward 1978; Read and Read 1991: 33-7; Bell 1993: 67-68; Toohey 1978:; Edmond 2013: 104; Morrison
Corroboration Rating ***