Some Known Conflicts in South Australia

Additional locations will be added to this list as new material  is found. Some of the main sources for information about conflicts that happened in South Australia, and their locations, are included in the following publications:

Fatal Collisions: the South Australian Frontier and the violence of memory, Robert Foster, Rick Hosking and Amanda Nettelbeck, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, South Australia, 2001

Out of the Silence: the History and Memory of South Australia’s Frontier Wars, Robert Foster and Amanda Nettelbeck, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, South Australia, 2012

More references are in the Bibliography and Journal Articles. Many thanks to readers who have emailed me information about conflicts not already listed. If you want to contact me, fill in the online form under Contact.

To see a map of conflicts that happened in South Australia, please follow this link. All coordinates are approximate. Information on maps is being added as time permits and does not fully reflect the following list of conflict locations.

WARNING: Viewing this list may be offensive and upsetting to some readers as it contains placenames and sites where killings took place during the frontier period.

Date


Location


1802–1836


Kangaroo Island, SA


30 April 1831


Murray River mouth, SA


1837


Encounter Bay near Victor Harbour, SA


March 1838


On the way to Port Adelaide, SA


8? March 1838


Torrens River, SA


1839


Langhornes Ferry, Victor Harbour, SA


1839


Morgan, SA


April 1839


11 miles (c. 17.7 kms) north-east of Adelaide, SA


12 June 1839


Adelaide, SA: arrest and hanging of two Kaurna men for murder


November 1839


Spring Cart Gully, two miles (c. 3.2 kms) north-east of Morgan, SA


1839–42


Port Lincoln, SA, Aboriginal resistance to colonists


1840s–50s


Salt Creek near Mt Muirhead, SA


23 August 1840


Maria Creek near the Coorong (The Coorong Massacre), SA


January 1841


Gleeson Run, Hutt River, Clare, SA


January 1841


Morphet Run, Wakefield River, 20 kms north-east of Balaklava, SA


February 1841


The Coorong, SA, two Ngarrindgeri men hanged illegally for murders of Maria shipwreck survivors


13 May 1841


Lake Bonney at Langhorn’s Crossing, Rufus River, 22 kms west of Renmark, SA


1842


Balaklava, Wakefield River district, SA


1842


Port Lincoln area, SA (see individual locations below)


1842


Dutton’s farm, Port Lincoln, SA


1842


Hindmarsh Valley c. 10 kms from Port Lincoln, SA


1842


Streaky Bay, SA


1842–??


Mt Remarkable, Melrose and Woolmington near Port Augusta, SA


3 February 1842


Bungaree Station, Clare, SA


10 February 1842


Light River, Kapunda, SA


24 April 1842


Biddle’s station, Port Lincoln, SA


24 April 1842


Coffin Bay near Piallawarta, 50 kms north-west of Port Lincoln, SA


January 1843


Broughton River near Port Pirie, SA


7 April 1843


Biddle’s station, Port Lincoln, SA: Nultia publicly executed


7 April 1843


Bungaree Station, Clare, SA


June 1843


Neighbourhood of Bungaree Station, Clare, SA


1844–45


Port Augusta War, SA


July 1844


Adelaide, SA


13–14 July 1844


Mt Bryan, 30 kms north-north-east of Burra, SA


August 1844


Mt Gambier, SA


November 1844


Lake Leake, SA


1845


Mt Remarkable, 45 kms north of Port Pirie, SA


1845


Quorn, Gawler Ranges, SA


May 1845


Near Rivoli Bay, 70 kms north-west of Mt Gambier, SA


Before 1846


Streaky Bay, SA

1846


Crystal Brook near Mt Remarkable, SA


1846


Strathalbyn on Mt Barker, 50 kms south-east of Adelaide, SA


August 1846


Sterling’s (Stirling’s?) station, south-east SA


September 1846


Rivoli Bay, 65 kms north-west of Mt Gambier, SA


11 November 1846


Near North Avenue, Guichen Bay, Robe, SA


January 1847


Robe, SA


August 1847


Mt Gambier, SA


1847–51


Aroona Station, Orroroo, SA


1848


Waterloo Bay (Elliston), SA


31 March 1848


Port Lincoln, SA


1849


Avenue Range Station, Mt Gambier area, SA


1849


Brown’s run, near Robe, SA


1849


Fowler’s Bay, SA (Public execution of Wirangu men. Public executions banned by then).


1849


Mt Wedge Station, Elliston, SA (Public execution of Nawu men. Public executions banned by then).


1849


Port Lincoln, SA


October 1849


South-east SA


1850s


Blackfellows Creek, Barmera, SA


1850s


Cobdolgla Station, 40 kms south-west of Renmark, SA


1850s


Kingston Ferry, 10 kms west of Barmera, SA


1850s


North-east of Lake Bonney, SA


1850s


Mt Serle (Searle), 50 kms east of Leigh Creek, SA


September 1852


Mt Aden near Port Lincoln, SA


30 September 1852


Bordertown, SA


19 September 1854


Mt Brown, east of Port Pirie, SA


1855


Middlecap Station, Franklin Harbour, Cowell, SA


10 January 1856


South Australia. Four Banggarla men hanged for murder and sheep stealing.


1857


Mt Serle (Searle), SA


1858


John Jacob’s run, Arkaroola Creek, 100 kms east-north-east of Leigh Creek, SA


1860


Venus Bay, 60 kms south-east of Streaky Bay, SA (Execution of more Nawu men)


1860


Venus Bay, 60 kms south-east of Streaky Bay, SA


1862


Fowlers Bay, 140 kms west of Ceduna, SA


1862


Venus Bay, 60 kms south-east of Streaky Bay


1864


Stuckey and Elders’ run, Umberatana Station, 120 kms west of Lyndhurst, SA


December 1866


Lake Perigundie, Cooper’s Creek, Tirari Desert, 110 kms north-east of Marree, SA


1880s


Koonchera Sandhill, SA


1880s


Wiryirbi, Clifton Hills, SA


1882


Ochre Trail on Beltana Station, Leigh Creek, SA


Before 11 January 1890


Haddon Corner, 50 kms west on Cadalgo Station, far north of SA near the Transcontinental Railway


1900s


Macumba Station, 50 kms north-east of Oodnadatta, SA


1934


Tieyon (Tyonne) Station, SA