Site NameArcher River (2), 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 DistrictCooktown
Latitude-13.238
Longitude142.995
DateBetween 2 Jun 1889 and 14 Jun 1889
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed20
Victims Killed NotesMWC
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsNative Police, Settler(s), Stockmen/Drover(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportHorse
MotiveDispersal
Weapons UsedSnider(s)
NarrativeTwo weeks after the Aboriginal killing of Edward Watson at Pine Tree Station in early May, 1889, Sub-Inspector Frederick Urquhart arrived at nearby Mein Telegraph station and collected a party of 40 armed men on horseback, comprising 3 detachments of native police, Watson's brother and settlers and stockmen from the Cape York region and in early June commenced a 2 weeks' campaign of dispersal of 5 Kaanjui camps in the Batavia River (Wenlock) area. It is estimated that more than 100 Kannjui were killed with more than 20 killed at each camp. This incident took place at camp No.4. campaign.
SourcesBrisbane Courier, 20 May 1889, p.5 ; 28 May 1889, p.5 ; Queenslander, 1 June 1889, p.1013 ; Vogan1890: 137; Loos 1982: 61; Bottoms 2013: 124. (Sources PDF)
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