Site NameArcher River (1), Batavia area (Wenlock)
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupKaanjui
Present State/TerritoryQLD
Colony/State/Territory at the timeQLD
Police DistrictCook town
Latitude-13.159
Longitude142.96
DateBetween 2 Jun 1889 and 14 Jun 1889
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed20
Victims Killed NotesMen, Women and Children
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsNative Police, Settler(s), Stockmen/Drover(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportHorse
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedSnider(s)
NarrativeIn June 1889, sub-Inspector Frederick Urquhart commanded a group of 40 armed men on horseback, comprising 3 detachments of native police, as well as settlers and stockmen, in a two week campaign of dispersal of the Kaanjui people at Cape York. Archer River (1) is the third of 5 massacres of the Kaanjui people. It is estimated that about 20 Kaanui were killed at each campsite.
SourcesVogan 1890, p.137; Loos 1982, p. 61; Bottoms 2013, p124. (Sources PDF)
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