Site NameHornet Bank aftermath (2)
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupYiman
Present State/TerritoryQLD
Colony/State/Territory at the timeNSW
Police DistrictTaroom
DateBetween 1 Dec 1857 and 31 Dec 1857
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed70
Victims Killed Notes
Attacker DescriptionsSettler(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
Weapons UsedCarbine(s), Pistol(s)
NarrativeIn the aftermath of the massacre of the Frazer family at Hornet Bank in October 1857, three reprisal massacres were carried out. In the second massacre, two members of the Fraser family, Sylvester (West) and William Fraser, were known to have killed at least 70 Yiman people. According to Richards (2008, p 64), 'When grazier Andrew Murray met William Fraser... three years after Hornet Bank, Fraser reportedly said that he had shot "seventy blacks to date"' (quote from Andrew Murray's diary in Richards 2008, p.64) Richards also said that Fraser was 'known to many Aboriginal people at the time as Nemesis and Debil Debil.' (Richards 2008, p 64)
SourcesRichards 2008, p 64. (Sources PDF)
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