Site Name Arnhem Land Galiwinku (Malay Bay area)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony SA
Present State/Territory NT
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -11.429,132.882,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1893 and 1 Dec 1893
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 1
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Wandy Wandy, who "played the leading part in the massacre of the captain and crew of a shipwrecked proa at Malay Bay."
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 6
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Attacker Category Aboriginal
Attacker Details
Motive Offence to ceremony.
Type Of Motive Retribution
Weapons Used
Notes Massacre of six Macassans.
Narrative Two boat crews of Macassans (six in total) murdered because they had used ceremonial string to make nets, causing offence. Wandy Wandy, an Aboriginal man, played a leading part in the massacre. He was transported to Malay Bay by Deputy Sheriff, Inspector of Police, Guard Loydon and executed by hanging on the evening of Tuesday 25 July 1893.
Sources Read and Read 1991: 16-18.; Habeas Corpus 2017: Appendix A: 23.
Corroboration Rating ***