Site NameChulangun Camping ground, Far North Qld
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupKaangui
Present State/TerritoryQLD
Colony/State/Territory at the timeQLD
Police DistrictCooktown
Latitude-13.117
Longitude142.99
DateBetween 1 Jun 1889 and 15 Jun 1889
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed20
Victims Killed NotesMWC
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsNative Police, Stockmen/Drover(s), Overseer(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportHorse
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedSnider(s)
NarrativeOn 11 May 1889, a group of Kaanjui warriors were alleged, in a night time attack, to have killed Edmund Watson, a worker at Pine Tree Station (now Archer River Roadhouse), near Mein Telegraph station on Cape York Peninsula and severely wounded another station worker, James Evans (BC, 28 May 1889, p 5). On 18 May Sub Inspector Frederick Urquhart, left Thursday Island for Mein Telegraph Station (BC, 20 May 1889, p5) and when he arrived, he put together a party of 40 armed men on horseback, comprising three detachments of native police, Watson's brother and overseers and stockmen in the region. In early June the party set off the disperse the Kaanjui on the right hand side of the telegraph line in the Batavia (Wenlock) River area. Over the next two weeks, the party carried out five massacres of the Kaanjui, killing more than 100 people. The location now known as Chulangun Campground, is the first of 5 massacre sites (Bottoms, 2013, p124).
SourcesBrisbane Courier, 20 May 1889, p 5; 28 May 1889, p 5; Queenslander, The, 1 June 1889, p 1013 ; Vogan 1890, p 137; Loos 1982, p 61; Bottoms 2013, p 124. (Sources PDF)
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