Site NameArcher River (3), 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
DateBetween 6 Jun 1889 and 14 Jun 1889
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed20
Victims Killed NotesMWC
Attacker DescriptionsNative Police, Settler(s), Stockmen/Drover(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
Weapons UsedSnider(s)
NarrativeArcher River 3 is the 5 th campsite of Kaanjui people that was attacked by a party of at least 40 armed men on horseback, comprising 3 detachments of native police and men from cattle stations at Cape York. The party was conducting a 2 weeks' dispersal campaign of the Kaanjui in reprisal for their killing of Edmind Watson from Pine Tree Station in early May 1889. It is estimated that at least 20 Kaanjui were killed at each campsite.
SourcesBC 20 May 1889, p5 ; 28 May 1889, p5 ; Queenslander 1 June 1889, p1013 ; Vogan 1890, p 137; Loos 1982, p 61; Bottoms 2013, p 124. (Sources PDF)
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