Site Name Tennant Creek (Barkly)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NT
Present State/Territory NT
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -19.648,134.190,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1910 and 31 Dec 1920
Attack Time Attackers 'agreed to start shooting at a certain time.'
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Mainly older women.
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 2
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes White yard builder & Jack Berry, station lessee.
Attacker Category Pastoralists
Attacker Details Punitive expedition comprised of pastoralists.
Motive Retaliation for death of white yard builder, Berry subsequently murdered by men in retaliation for the deaths of their mothers.
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative Jack Berry, station lessee, discovered the body of a white yard-builder who had been found in bed with an Aboriginal woman and was subsequently killed by her husband. Jack Berry led a punitive expedition of pastoralists, and shot and killed the ‘tail’ of a fleeing Aboriginal group, believed to be mainly older women.
Sources Read and Read 1991: 26-28.
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