Site NameAnnandale Station, Channel Country
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupPita Pita
Present State/TerritoryQLD
Colony/State/Territory at the timeQLD
Police DistrictBedourie
Latitude-25.448
Longitude138.424
Date5 Mar 1879
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed27
Victims Killed NotesMen, women and Children
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsGovernment Official(s), Native Police
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportHorse
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedSnider(s)
NarrativeSub Inspectors William Kaye and William Gough, and a detachment of three native police 'dispersed' a 'large camp' of Pita Pita people near Annandale station. They were in search of the killer of a stockman at Murgah station. However the killer and others got away and fled across the border to South Australia. (Queenslander, 24 May, 1879) Settler William Paull (Nolan cited in Bottoms, 2013) from South Australia, said that 27 Pita Pita were slaughtered and that the incident was first of two massacres of Pita Pita carried out by the native police.
SourcesQueenslander, 24 May 1879, p.668 ; Bottoms 2013: 71-2. (Sources PDF)
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