Some Known Frontier Conflicts in Queensland

Additional locations will added to this list as new information is found. Some of the main sources for information about conflicts that happened in Queensland include publications like:

Conspiracy of Silence: Queensland’s frontier killing times, Timothy Bottoms, Allen & Unwin, 2013

Goodbye Bussamarai: the Mandandanji land war, southern Queensland, 1842–1852, Patrick Collins, University of Queensland Press, 2002

Mapping Frontier Conflicts in South-East Queensland, Ray Kerkove, 2016 at: https://frontierbattle.wordpress.com

The Secret War: A True History of Queensland’s Native Police, Jonathan Richards, University of Queensland Press, 2008

Warrior: A Legendary Leader’s Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier, Libby Connors, Allen & Unwin, 2015

‘”You’ll get nothing out of it”? The Inquest, Police and Aboriginal Deaths in Colonial Queensland,’ Mark Finnane and Jonathan Richards, Australian Historical Studies, no. 123, April, 2004, pp. 84–105

More references are in the Bibliography and in Journal Articles.

To see a map of conflicts that happened in Queensland, please follow this link. All coordinates are approximate. Updating this map is on going and may not always reflect the list of places below.

WARNING: Some of the names of places included in the following list, derived from geographical names registers, historical and modern-day maps, and other primary and secondary sources, are offensive and may be upsetting to some readers. These placenames reflect the attitudes, racism and activities of people who gave these places English names during the frontier period.

Date


Location


1792


Torres Strait, QLD, ships under the command of Captain William Bligh fired on Aboriginal canoes.


16 July 1799Point Skirmish (South Point) Boorabee (Bribie) Island, QLD, Captain Matthew Flinders sails with Bongaree and crew on the Norfolk from Glass House Bay to Boorabee (Bribie) Island. After landing from a smaller craft, they encounter Aboriginal people, one of whom tries to remove Flinders' hat. Flinders refuses to let the man take off his hat. He, Bongaree, and the crew return to their boat. The Aboriginal man throws a spear near the boat. Flinders fires his musket and wounds the Aboriginal man. Flinders names the spot Point Skirmish (now known as South Point). 

Nov 1824


South side of Yebri Creek, near Redcliffe settlement, QLD, Aboriginal people attack convicts with soldier guards as they are sawing a bloodwood tree. One Aboriginal man killed. Afterwards Aboriginal people around Redcliffe are so hostile that the settlement is moved to Brisbane.


1827–1828

Kangaroo Point and South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD, despite a number of Aboriginal people being shot dead, Aborigines repeatedly raid and destroy maize (corn) fields on which colonists rely for food, in a bid to drive the intruders out of Aboriginal country.

1830


Logan Creek, Brisbane Valley, QLD, Aboriginal people, possibly with the help of convicts, allegedly murder Brisbane commandant Captain Logan.


Mid-1831


Minjerribah (Stradbroke) Island, QLD


Mid-1831


Moorgumpin (Moreton) Island near Brisbane, QLD


1831–1832


Moorgumpin (Morton) Island near Brisbane, QLD


November 1832

Minjerribah (Stradbroke) Island, QLD

1832–1833

Minjerribah (Stradbroke) and Moorgumpin (Moreton) Islands near Brisbane, QLD, Conflicting European accounts and Aboriginal oral history refer to a number of conflicts between staff of the Amity Point pilot station, established on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) in 1826, and Aboriginal people.

1833

Moorgumpin (Moreton) Island, QLD, Massacre of Aboriginal people at the top of a large lagoon on the southern end of the island, now eroded into the sea. The attack may have been the last in a series of reprisals between Aboriginal people and soldiers stationed on Minjerribah.

1836


Fraser Island, QLD, Captain James Fraser, and possibly crew of the shipwrecked Stirling Castle, speared.


1838


Crampton's Corner, north side of the McIntyre (Mcintyre) River (Cowbawn Coonigal), QLD


1838


Kilcoy Station, north-west of Moreton Bay, QLD


1838


Berpengary, QLD, (26 miles (c. 42 kms) from Nundah), Aboriginal people attack Moravian missionary Pastor Gottfried Haussman. He is badly wounded but escapes.


1840


Long Lagoon Station, QLD


1840

Nundah, north Brisbane, QLD, Aboriginal people attack the German Mission more than once, notably in 1840 when 20 to 30 warriors sack the Reverend Schmidt's fields. The mission is forced to keep nightly armed watch over its crops. In retaliation Schmidt shoots and wounds Aboriginal elders.

31 May 1840


Near Mt Lindesay, QLD, Aboriginal people kill surveyor Stapylton and his assistant Tuck.


1840s–1860s

Northside of Brisbane, QLD, as the Brisbane area was colonised, no allowance was made officially for Aboriginal camps. Creeks acted as de facto barriers between colonised areas and locations where Aboriginal people could live unmolested. When colonists strayed into such locations they were often harassed, robbed or subjected to violence. While Europeans allowed some traditional Aboriginal camping grounds to remain, they attacked others. Some of the incidents that occurred on the north side of Brisbane in the 1840s–1860s period are included individually in this timeline.

1840–1860

Breakfast Creek, Brisbane, QLD, for Aboriginal people, a 'front line' against encroaching British colonisation. The area was the location of a number of clashes between colonists and Aboriginal groups. Aboriginal warriors such as Billy Barlow, Commandant, Dalaipi, Dundalli, Harry Pring, Tinkabed and Yilbung were all visitors to the prosperous Breakfast Creek camps. Some of the individual incidents that took place in the Breakfast Creek area are listed in this timeline.

31 July 1841


Brisbane, QLD, Merrido and Neugavil wrongfully executed, for murder of Stapylton and Tuck, on a cross-arm of the Brisbane windmill (observatory tower). 


1842


Brisbane Valley, QLD


1842


Callandoon district, McIntyre River, QLD, two hutkeepers killed during a series of Aboriginal attacks. Pastoralists and police retaliate.


1842


Kilcoy Station, QLD, north-west of Moreton Bay


1842


Whiteside, Morton Bay, QLD


1842–1852


Mandandanji Land War, southern Queensland


1843–1846

Rosewood Scrub, QLD, from this impenetrable area of bush, Multuggerah continues attacks on drays and travellers as far as the Darling Downs. Rosewood Homestead (now Glenore Grove) is repeatedly under siege. Colonists possibly construct a makeshift 'fort' on the property that they take turns in manning.

12 Sept 1843


Lockyer Valley, QLD, Battle of One Tree Hill (Mount Tabletop or Table Top Mountain). Aboriginal people led by Multuggerah.


1845


Gilbert River, far north QLD, explorer Leichhardt's naturalist, Gilbert fatally speared.


1845


Wivenhoe, Brisbane Valley, QLD, John Uhr killed during an Aboriginal attack.


1846

Rosewood Scrub, QLD, In 1846 Multuggerah brings 500 warriors to Rosewood Homestead, almost starving out the occupants. Visitors and Rosewood Homestead residents form a party, storming Multuggerah's camp, killing him and many others. Other Aboriginal leaders such as Jackey, Uncle Marney and King Billy appear to operate from Rosewood Scrub in later years.

strong>1846

Victoria Park Aboriginal camp, north Brisbane, QLD, Constable Peter Murphy and party burn camp and shoot Aboriginal people.

20 Oct 1846


North Pine, south-east QLD, Aboriginal people led by Milbong Jemmy murder Andrew Gregor and Mrs Shannon with waddies. Mr Shannon later attacked but escapes. 


Oct 1846


Eagle Farm, Brisbane, QLD, Milbong attacks Mr Richardson, robs his house.


Oct 1846


Doughboy Creek, (now part of Hemmant, Brisbane) QLD, Milbong attacks sawyers, is shot, dies almost immediately.


1846, 1847

Wickham Park, north Brisbane, QLD, Yilbung took regular bags of flour for his people from millworkers at the Windmill (now a hotel and restaurant on Wickham Terrace) as a 'monthly rent'. He was imprisoned for this 'impertinence.'

1847


Kilcoy Station, Upper Brisbane River, QLD, station hands set a trap putting arsenic-laced flour in hut. Aboriginal people rob the hut, many die after eating the flour.


Mid-April 1847


Whiteside Station, QLD (established on the North Pine River)


11 Sep 1847


North Pine, Brisbane district, QLD, Aborigines led by Dundalli kill William Waller and badly wound William Boller. James Smith escapes.


Sept 1847


Goodar, near Callandoon, QLD, James Marks kills an Aboriginal man.


13 Oct 1847


Mary River, Maryborough district, QLD, George Furber and friend attacked by Aboriginal assistants while building a woolshed. The friend is killed, Furber wounded. Furber later retaliates, shooting the Aboriginal man who attacked him.


1847–49


Mt Abundance, near Roma, QLD, Aboriginal people kill seven Europeans.


1848


Escape River, tip of Cape York, QLD, explorer Edmund Kennedy speared, dies in the arms of Aboriginal tracker, Jackey Jackey.


1848


Maryborough, QLD, Aborigines kill George Furber and his brother-in-law in the bush.


1848


Tingun Station near Roma, QLD, James Blythe attacked by Aboriginal people and driven off station.


1848


Umbercollie, QLD


1849


Balonne and Condamine Rivers, QLD


1849


Bigumbul (Bigambul), QLD


1849


Carbucky, QLD


1849


Paddy Island, Burnett River, QLD


1849


Severn River, QLD


1849

Victoria Park Aboriginal camp, north Brisbane, QLD, 24 soldiers of the 11th Regiment burn camp and shoot Aboriginal residents.

4 June 1849


Gin Gin Station, Burnett area, QLD, Aborigines kill shepherds the Pegg brothers.


Aft June 1849


The Cedars, QLD, Gregory Blaxland, the Thompson brothers and friendly Aborigines kill 'scores of blacks' in a reprisal for the Pegg brothers' deaths.


1850

Breakfast Creek, Brisbane, QLD, colonist 'residents' living near Breakfast Creek petition the government for police protection from Aboriginal attacks.

1850

Nundah, north Brisbane, QLD, Aboriginal people harass cattle at the German Mission.

1850s


Teewah Beach, Noosa area, QLD


March 1850


Yuleba Creek, QLD


August 1850


Gin Gin Station (now part of the town of Gin Gin), QLD, Gregory Blaxland ambushed and killed near the station homestead.


1850


Paddy Island, Burnett River, QLD, a punitive party of squatters and station hands from Gin Gin and surrounding properties kill hundreds of Aboriginal people on Paddy Island. Many escape by swimming the river and disappearing into the Woongarra Scrub.


1851


Maranoa, QLD


1852

Breakfast Creek, Brisbane, QLD, 40 Aboriginal warriors raid Bullock's property, destroying crops. Joining with another party of 200, they raid Cash's property further north. A large party of eight mounted men and colonists attack Aboriginal camps in reprisal. Despite the camps being empty the 'posse' burn down and destroy whatever they can.

1852


Fraser Island, QLD


1852


Isla Station, Dawson River, QLD, Aborigines kill McLaren near the station homestead.


1852


Rawbelle Station, QLD, an Aboriginal man named Davey kills Adolphus Trevethan


May–July 1852


Yamboucal Station (near Surat), QLD


22 Aug 1852


Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD, Davey, an Aboriginal man, hanged for murder of Adolphus Trevethan.


3 Dec 1853


Sandgate, Brisbane area, QLD, Aborigines attack Tom Dowse and family. They escape with their lives. Incident leads to the establishment of a Native Police camp at Sandgate headed by Lt. Wheeler. 


c. 1854


Miriam Vale, QLD


1854


Granville, QLD


1854

Nundah, north Brisbane, QLD, 60 Aboriginal warriors surround a colonist's homestead, pulling up all crops.

1854


Tieryboo, QLD


25 Dec 1854


Mt Larcom Station, Port Curtis district, QLD, Aborigines murder five of Young's employees while he is away at Gladstone. The Native Police pursue murderers, killing many.


5 Jan 1855


Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD, Dundalli hanged.


1856


Werribone (Weribone), QLD


December 1856


Hornet Bank, Dawson River, QLD


1856–1857


Hornet Bank, Dawson River, QLD


1856–1857

Breakfast Creek, Brisbane, QLD, Aboriginal groups continually harass, raid and rob colonists. Colonists retaliate with punitive attacks.

27 October 1857


Hornet Bank Massacre (Fraser family), Hornet Bank Station, Dawson River Basin, QLD


1857–58


Hornet Bank, Dawson River, district QLD, retaliatory massacres of hundreds of Yeeman people


1858


Fairymead, QLD


1858


Maryborough, QLD


1858

Nundah, north Brisbane, QLD, Nundah colonists decide on a 'pre-emptive strike' against a local Aboriginal camp after becoming frightened by a war-making corroboree and threats from Aboriginal warriors. The colonists fire shots into the camp. While Aboriginal deaths and injuries are unknown, the camp is abandoned for two months. As revenge, Aboriginal survivors disperse and kill many cattle on the Pine Rivers.

6 Apr 1858


Eurombah Station, Dawson River area, QLD, Aborigines kill two shepherds.


1859

Breakfast Creek, Brisbane, QLD, Five police destroy Aboriginal camps near Breakfast Creek, kill and injure at least two of the 100 Aboriginal camp residents.

September 1859


Near Brisbane, QLD, shooting of an Aboriginal woman and injuries to two children


Early 1860s"Waterview". North Bundaberg, QLD

1860


Bendemere, QLD, Frederick Carr's Native Police detachment kills unknown number of Aboriginal people.


1860


Fassifern, QLD, Frederick Wheeler's Native Police detachment kill several Aboriginal people.  An inqest or inquiry in January 1861 reprimands Wheeler.


1860


Flinders Peak, near Ipswich, QLD, Frederick Wheeler's Native Police detachment possibly kill unknown number of Aboriginal people. Inqest or inquiry into the deaths of Tommy and an unknown Aboriginal person concludes they were killed by the Native Police.


1860


Maryborough, QLD, John Bligh's Native Police detachment possibly kill unknown number of Aboriginal people. February 1860 Inquest or inquiry into the death of the Aboriginal man, Darky, concludes Native Police shot him.


Nov/Dec 1860Rockhampton area, QLD, Native Police Troopers, Toby and Gulliver are arrested and charged with the rape and murder of Fanny Briggs. Trooper Ballantyne is also charged in December 1860 but later released. Gulliver shot dead while escaping, after admitting his part in the Briggs murder. Trooper Alma, possibly implicated but never charged, shot while trying to escape from Rockhampton Gaol. 

1861

Albinia Downs, QLD

1861

Breakfast Creek, Brisbane, QLD, Aboriginal people drive off colonists' drays and rob travellers. Constable Griffin and two mounted police raid Aboriginal camp and make arrests.

1861Dawson River, QLD, an inquest or inquiry into the death of ex-Trooper Tahiti, concludes in July 1861 that he was shot by the Native Police.

1861


Near Emerald, QLD


1861


Fairfield Station, QLD, William Moorhead's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people. An inquest or inquiry concludes in December 1861that at least one Aboriginal person, name unkown, was shot by the Native Police.


1861


Flinders River, QLD, Native Police kill 12 Aboriginal people in a clash over the right to camp at a fresh water spring.


1861

Manumbar, QLD, Rudolph Morisset's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


1861


Medway Ranges, central highlands, QLD


1861


Planet Creek, Springsure district, QLD, Native Police involved in killing Aboriginal people.


Early 1861Rockhampton area, QLD, Native Police Lieutenant Rudolph Morriset shoots an alleged Aboriginal deserter, implicated in the Briggs murder, who had escaped to the bush.

17 October 1861


Cullinguringa (Cullin-La-Ringo), north of Springsure, central Queensland (Wills Tragedy), up to 50 Aboriginal people attack and murder 19 of 25 colonists who are setting up a very large 260 square-kilometre (64,000-acre) property on Aboriginal country north of Springsure.


21–24 October 1861Springsure area, QLD, following the Cullinguringa (Cullin-La-Ringo) massacre, eleven colonists pursue the Aboriginal people they believe to be the perpetrators. The Aboriginal camp is 'stormed on foot with success' very early on the morning of 23 October 1861. The number of Aboriginal people injured or killed in the ensuing fight is not recorded. On 24 October 1861, Native Police Lieutenant William Cave commands a detachment that begins a further pursuit in reprisal against Aboriginal people. Colonists from the Leichhart District, occupation of which is growing rapidly, call for a bigger native police presence in the district.
October 1861Maranoa River, QLD, in the aftermath of the Cullinguringa (Cullin-La-Ringo) massacre, Native Police kill at least 10 Aboriginal people in a 'dispersal' at the Maranoa River. Two Native Police injured.

November 1861


Roxburgh (Roxborough) Downs, QLD


c. 1862


Cape Upstart, QLD


1862

Breakfast Creek, Brisbane, QLD, Constable Griffin and a trooper 'disperse' Aboriginal people in the area.

1862


Caboolture, near Brisbane, QLD


1862


Coongoola, QLD


1862


Lower Dawson River, QLD, Ralph Johnson's Native Police detachment kills at least one Aboriginal person. An inquest or inquiry concludes in December 1862 that the Native Police shot at least one Aboriginal person.


1863


Gayndah, QLD, Joseph Harris's Native police detachment kill an Aboriginal man called Jemmy. An inquiry or inquest concludes in April 1863 that the native Police shot Jemmy. Officer Harris is suspended and dismissed for neglect of duty in 'allowing his troopers out of his control'.


1863


Meteor Creek, Springsure district, QLD, William Sharpe's Native Police detachment involved in killing of at least one Aboriginal person.


1863


Tieryboo, Dalby, QLD, Frederick Carr's Native Police detachment kills unknown number of Aboriginal people. An inquest or inquiry concludes in January 1863 that the native Police shot an Aboriginal man, named Tallboy.


1863


Yatton, QLD, Marmaduke Richardson's Native Police detachment kills unknown number of Aboriginal people. An inquiry or inquest concludes in September 1863 that the Native Police shot an Aboriginal man called Wallace. Richardson is dismissed.


1864


Eureka near Bundaberg, QLD, Brown's Native Police detachment kills unknown number of Aboriginal people.


1864


Pabaju (Albany Island), QLD


c. Mid-1864


Murdering Creek near Lake Weyba, near Noosa Heads, QLD, massacre of Aboriginal people


4 June 1864


Sander's Run, QLD


10 June 1864


Expedition Range, QLD


16 December 1864


Nassau River, QLD


18 December 1864


Mitchell River, Cape York Peninsula, QLD, in the Battle of the Mitchell, Aboriginal warriors, hurling spears, fought a pitched battle against armed Europeans. Many warriors were killed or injured. No colonists were injured or died.


1865

Breakfast Creek, Brisbane, QLD, Aboriginal people attack two constables. Aboriginal camps in the Breakfast Creek area burnt down again in revenge.

1865


Calliope, QLD, Arthur Beevor's Native Police detachment kills unknown number of Aboriginal people. An inquiry or inquest concludes in October 1865 that an unknown Aboriginal person or persons was/were killed by the Native Police.


1865


Dawson River district, QLD, Otto Paschen's Native Police detachment involved in 'numerous collisions'.


1865

Glenmore, QLD


1865


Mailman's Gorge, near Aramac, QLD


1865


Thouringowa (Thuringowa) Waterhole, QLD


May 1865


Near Rannes, QLD, Native Police officer, Cecil Hill, killed during an Aboriginal attack.


8 June 1965


Rio Station, Dawson River, QLD, Aborigines ambush and kill a European police sergeant and three Aboriginal troopers.


Mid-1860s


West of Rockhampton, QLD


c. 1866


Chesterton (Pigeon) Creek, QLD


1866


Banana, QLD, Native Police officer, Edward Seymour, kills an Aboriginal woman. An inquiry or inquest concludes in February 1866 that the Native Police killed the woman. Seymour was discharged in 1868 after his position was abolished.


1866


Pearl Creek, QLD


1866


Perch Creek, QLD


1867

Breakfast Creek, Brisbane, QLD, 15 Aboriginal people steal a boat and ransack a cutter. Sub-Inspector of Police Gough burns Aboriginal camps in the Breakfast Creek area.

1867


Goulbolba Hill, central QLD


1867


Morinish, QLD, Myrtil Aubin's Native Police detachment kills unknown number of Aboriginal people. An inquiry or inquest concludes in March 1867 that the native Police shot an Aboriginal man named Tommy. Aubin is dismissed. 


1867


Paroo River, south-west QLD, William Hill's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


1867


Stawell River, QLD


1867


The Leap, north-west of Mackay, QLD


c. 1867


Broadsound district, QLD


1867


Turtle Head Island, QLD


1868


Albert Downs, Gregory River, QLD, Aboriginal people rob station of firearms, axes, food and other supplies. "Dispersed by law of the carbine'. No loss of lives or injuries reported.


1868


Burdekin, QLD


1868


Cassidy's Station, Leichhart River, QLD, Aboriginal people attack station, 'dispersed by law of the carbine'.  No deaths or injuries reported.


1868


Grosvenor Downs, QLD


1868


Gregory River, QLD, 


1868


Inverleigh, QLD


1868


Mailman's Gorge near Aramac, QLD, more than 25 Aboriginal people slaughtered.


1868


Norman River, QLD, Aborigines kill Cannon, Manson and a number of Chinese employees on Liddie and Hetzer's station.


1868


South of Burketown, QLD (Uhr Massacre), Uhr's Native Police detachment slaughter Aboriginal people in a  massacre.


17 Dec 1868


North Creek Station, Nebo, QLD, Aborigines murder JT Collins.


1869


Bowen district, QLD


1869


Muralag (Prince of Wales Island), QLD, Aborigines capture captain and crew of a cutter, kill some and a boy. Captain Montgomerie's frigate Blanche with police aboard embarks on a punitive expedition against the 'Mt Ernest natives' believed responsible. Three 'chiefs' shot.


1869


Nebo, QLD, Robert Johnstone's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


1869


Woodstock, QLD


1870


Barcoo River, QLD, Edward Wheeler's Native Police detachment kills several Aboriginal people.


Early 1870s


Battle hole, Barcoo River, QLD


1870s


Gilbert River, QLD


1870–90


Kalkadoon Wars, Mt Isa region, QLD (see also Battle Mountain below)


1871Cloncurry, QLD, an inquest or inquiry into the death of an unknown Aboriginal person concludes that WD Uhr shot the person. Charges dismissed.

1871


Gilberton, QLD, deadly clashes between Aboriginal people, miners and Native Police.


1871


Somerset, QLD, Frank Jardine allegedly shoots four Native Police troopers, three apparently survive but try to escape by sea in a canoe a month later.


1871Tiaro, QLD, an inquest or inquiry concludes in June 1871 that Police Constable McMullen shot an Aboriginal man named Bungaree.

1872


Aramac, Barcaldine region, QLD, Frederick Maier killed.


1872


Near Cardwell, QLD, Aborigines kill some survivors of Maria shipwreck, help others 


1872


Near Cardwell, QLD, Native Police involved in reprisals against Aboriginal people believed to have killed Maria shipwreck survivors.


1872


Cloncurry, QLD, Alexander Salmond's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


1872


Clump Point, Mission Beach, QLD, Robert Johnstone's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


1872


Gladstone, QLD, Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people. Inquires or inquests concluded in August (for and Aboriginal man called Billy) and in September 1872 for Harry and Tommy, that the Native Police under the command of Alexander Douglas had shot them. 


1872


Djiru massacre, opposite Dunk (Coonanglebah) Island, QLD


1872


Herbert River, far north QLD, Charles Shairp (Sharpe)'s Native Police detachment kills an Aboriginal woman. An inquest ot inquiry cincludes in September 1872 that An Aboriginal woman called Cassey was shot by the native Police. Shairp or Sharpe is dismissed.


1872


Hinchinbrook Island, QLD


1872


Mount Leonard, QLD


1872


Sweers Island, QLD


1872


Tambo, Barcoo River, central QLD, Thomas Williams's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people. An inquest or inquiry concludes in October 1872 that Billy and Chow Chow were shot by the Native Police. Williams is dismissed.


1872


Near Yaamba, north of Rockhampton, QLD


1872


Valley of Lagoons, QLD, Johnstone's Native Police detachment alleged to have killed Aboriginal people.


1872


Wombindery Waterhole, QLD


1873


Aramac, Barcaldine region, QLD, John Carroll's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


1873


Opposite Double Island, QLD


1873


Herbert River, QLD, Johnstone's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


1873


Massacre Sandhill, QLD


1873


Normanby, QLD, Aulaire Morisset's Native Police detachment involved in killing.


1873


Northern QLD (Pearl Shellers' Revenge)


1873


Palm Cove, QLD, Johnstone's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


1873


Skull Creek near Nebo, QLD


1873


St Lawrence, QLD, Native Police detachment under the command of Alexander Douglas, shoot Aboriginal men, Charley and Dickey. Inquiries or inquests conclude in July and August respectively that the Native Police shot the men.


April 1873


Green Island off Cairns, QLD


10 July 1873


Green Island off Cairns, QLD


22 Nov 1873


Gilberton goldfield, QLD, Aborigines kill two Chinese prospectors, two reported missing.


c. December 1873


Battle Camp 'collision' far north QLD, European prospectors and Native Police engage in armed battle with Aboriginal tribespeople. Hundreds of Aboriginal people killed, about four Europeans speared to death.


c. 1873

Elderslie station, Diamantina River, QLD, Carroll's Native Police from Aramac slaughter many male Aborigines on the station.

1874

Breakfast Creek, Brisbane, QLD, Mounted police 'disperse' occupants of Aboriginal camps in the area.

 

1874

Bloomfield River, far north QLD, while trying to find a shorter route from the coast to the Palmer goldfield, Edward Dumaresq's Native Police detachment is involved in a number of killings of Aboriginal people.


1874


Gilberton, QLD, Henry Finch's Native Police detachment involved in killings of Aboriginal people.


June 1874


Green Island off Cairns, QLD


1874Herbert River, QLD, Native Police shoot Trooper Sam. An inquiry or inquest concludes in October 1874 that the Native Police shot Trooper Sam.

Late 1874


Palmer River area, QLD, Aboriginal people kill Straher family.


1874–1875


Blackfellows Creek, far north Queensland


1875


Miriam Vale, QLD, Native Police officer Alexander Douglas involved in an Aboriginal killing or killings. An inquiry or inquest concludes in May 1875 that an Aboriginal person called Comey, was shot by the Native Police under Douglas's command.


1875


Palmer River area, QLD, reprisals against Aboriginal people following Straher deaths


1875Aramac, QLD, Native Police Officer John Carroll is implicated in the shooting of Trooper Echo. An inquest or inquiry concludes in October 1875 that the Native Police killed Trooper Echo. Carroll is charged with murder of a trooper and the flogging of an Aboriginal woman but the case is dismissed. He is dismissed in 1876 for the murder of a trooper.

1876


Banchory Station near Clermont, QLD, Native Police officer Frederick Wheeler charged with murder of an Aboriginal man named Jemmy. An inquiry or inquest concludes in January 1876 that the Native Police killed Jemmy. Wheeler charged with the Banchory murder and is dismissed.


1876


Creen Creek, QLD, Native Police detachments led by Armit and Poingdestre kill Aboriginal people.


1876


Kennedy River, QLD


March 1876


Mistake Creek, near Clermont, QLD


c. 1876


Kangkirr Creek, QLD


c. 1877


Skull Hole (Creek) Massacre, western Queensland


1877Townsville, QLD, an inquiry or inquest concludes in February 1877 that Constable MacNeill shot an Aboriginal man called Jackey.

February 1878


Range west of Cairns, QLD


February 1878


Tuck-au-noo, far north QLD, Aboriginal people allegedly murder W Bird in retaliation for kidnapping three members of local tribe.


31 August 1878


Smithfield near Cairns, QLD


1878


Murray Island, QLD


August 1878


Whitsunday Islands, QLD, Aboriginal attack on the schooner Louisa Maria and her crew. Native Police reprisals led by George Nowlan.


Late 1878


Cooktown district, far north QLD


1878?


Warroo Station, St George, QLD


1879


Cape Bedford, far north QLD


1879


Near Cooktown, QLD, Stanhope O'Connor's Native Police detachment involved in killing Aboriginal people.


1879


Glengyle, QLD


1879


Mossman River, QLD, George Nowlan's Native Police detachment involved in killing Aboriginal people.


1879


Ravine, QLD


1879


Selwyn Range, north-west Queensland


1879


Thursday Island, QLD


1879


Woonomo Billabong, Suleiman Creek, north-west QLD


September 1879


Mulgrave River near Cairns, QLD


1880


Normanton district, QLD, an inquiry or inquest concludes in February 1880 that Constable Hedges shot Aboriginal Trooper Brandy.


Early 1880s


Clohesy River near Kuranda, QLD


Early 1880s


Moonjaree, QLD


1880s


Koonchera Point, Birdsville, QLD (Mindiri Massacre)


1880s


Poeppels (Poeppel) Corner, east Simpson Desert, QLD (Wardamba Massacre)


1880s


Tinnenburra, QLD


Late 1880s


Near Cairns, QLD


c. 1880


Butcher's Creek area, QLD, according to Ngadjonji oral history, fighting erupts between colonists and Aboriginal people after Europeans interfere with Aboriginal women while their men are away from camp. Some colonists speared, many Aboriginal people shot. More Aboriginal people shot in later incidents.


1881


Bibhoora near Mareeba, QLD


1881


Lizard Island, north of Cooktown, QLD, Mrs Mary Watson and baby disappear from a fishing station after Chinese manservants speared. Aboriginal people blamed for killings. Native Police inspector Hervey Fitzgerald leads punitive killing raids on the coast north of Cooktown.


1881


Normanton, QLD, Aboriginal people kill Native Police sub-inspector Dyas. 


1881Victoria Downs, QLD, an inquiry or inquest concludes in January 1881 that Constable Cameron shot an Aboriginal man named Jamie. 

1881


Woolgar, QLD, Native Police officer Henry Kaye killed during an Aboriginal attack. Native Police reprisals follow under command of William Nichols.


1882


Cloncurry, QLD, Frederick Urquhart's Native Police detachment kill Kalkadoon people.


1882


McKinlay Ranges near Cloncurry, QLD, Native Police cadet, Marcus La Poer Beresford, killed in Aboriginal attack.


1882Taroom, QLD, an inquiry or inquest concludes in October 1882 that Constable Wright killed an Aboriginal man named Toby. 

1882


Tudu (Warrior Island), Torres Strait, QLD


November 1882


Between Granite Creek (later Mareeba) and Cairns, QLD


1883


Cooloolah, Cloncurry district, QLD, Alfred Smart's Native Police detachment kill Kalkadoon people.


23 July 1883


Russell River near Cairns, QLD


26 August 1883


Near Russell River, QLD


1884


Battle Mountain (Mount Remarkable), near Mount Isa, QLD (Kalkadoon Wars)


1884(5)?Blackall, QLD, Native Police under the command of Robert Kyle Little (?) shoot an unknown Aboriginal person. Inquiry or inquest concludes this in October 1884.

1884


Grenada, QLD


1884


Irvinebank, inland from Cairns, QLD, Nichols's and Garraway's Native Police detachment kill at least six Aboriginal people. Bodies burnt. Inquiries or inquests conclude in August and November 1884 that the Native Police shot Aboriginal people called Spooendyke, Toby, King Billy and Kitty and two unknown Aboriginal females. Nichols and troopers charged with murder, charges fail. Nichols dismissed.


1884


Mistake Creek, Isaac region, QLD, Frederick Urquhart's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


1884


Mulgrave River, QLD


1884


Selwyn Range, QLD


1884


Skull Pocket/Mulgrave River/Skeleton Creek, QLD


1884


White Hills, QLD


August 1884


Russell River near Cairns, QLD


Aug/Dec 1884


Mulgrave River near Cairns, QLD


21 December 1884


Mulgrave River near Cairns, QLD


1885


Blackall, QLD, Robert Little's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


1885

Cockatoo Bora, QLD


1885


Norman River, QLD, Lyndon Poingdestre's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


6 Sept 1886


Near Cairns, QLD


1887


Kimberley, Normanton district, QLD, Daniel Lorigan's and Lyndon Poingdestre's Native Police detachments kill Aboriginal people. Inquiries or inquests conclude in October and November 1887 that the Native Police shot three unknown Aboriginal people.


1888Near Barron River, QLD, Native Police member John de Linden Affleck shoots Trooper Peter dead.

1888


Diamantina district, south-west QLD


1888Ingham, QLD, an inquiry or inquest concludes in January 1888 that Constable Cannon shot an Aboriginal man called Tommy. 

1888


Kirrima, QLD


Late 1880s


Near Cairns, QLD


1888Port Douglas, QLD, (see Barron River above) an inquiry or inquest concludes in September 1888 that Native Police member Affleck shot Trooper Peter.
1888Queensland, inquiry or inquest concludes in December 1888 that Ernest Henry T (?) Carr shot an Aboriginal male called Paddy.

1888–89


Boar (Boar's Pocket) near Cairns, QLD


1889


Coen, QLD


1889


Lawn Hill, north-western QLD, Alfred Wavell killed while attempting to arrrest Aboriginal man, Joe Flick.


1889


Mein, north QLD, Frederick Urquhart's Native Police detachment kill Aboriginal people.


1889


Pine Tree Station, QLD


Mid-1890s


Speewah near Kuranda, far north QLD


Mid-1890s


Spring Valley between Cairns and Port Douglas, QLD


Mid-1890s?


Flaggy Creek near Kuranda, QLD


Mid-1890s?


Mona Mona near Kuranda, QLD


July 1890


Lower Barron River, QLD?


1891Adavale, QLD, An inquiry or inquest concludes in November 1891 that Tracker Tommy killed an Aboriginal person called Delta.

1891


Spring Vale, QLD


1892


Mapoon, QLD, Native Police shoot a number of Aboriginal people.


August 1892


Myola near Kuranda, QLD


1896


Lakefield, QLD


17 August 1896


Deebing Creek, QLD


1897Proserpine, QLD, an inquiry or inquest concludes in March 1897 that Constable Burke shot Aboriginal man, Charlie Morgan

1898


Smithfield, near Cairns, QLD, John Higgins's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


1898–1903


Barron River, Wooroora, and Mt Garnet, QLD, Heenan's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


Late 1800s


Skull Hole (now in Bladensburg National Park), QLD


1900s


Emu Lagoon, north QLD


1902


Ducie River, Cape York Peninsula, QLD, John Hoole's Native Police detachment kills Aboriginal people.


1904


Flick Yard, QLD


1904


Kirrima, QLD


c. 1906


Murbai, QLD


1910s


Emu Lagoon, QLD


1911–1918


Bentinck Island, QLD


November 1929


Nine miles (14.38 kms) from Herbert Vale Station near Camooweal, QLD


Dates Unknown


Allandale, north QLD


 


Baryula (on Chasletown Station), south-western QLD


 


Blencoe Falls, north QLD


 


Blunder Creek, north QLD


 


Bone's Knob, north QLD


 


Bulloo Downs, south-west QLD


 


Cattle Creek, north-west QLD


 


Chastletown Station, south-western QLD


 


Cheviot Range, central QLD


 


Currawillinghi, south central QLD


 


Evelyn Massacre, north QLD


 


Flaggy Creek, north QLD


 


Gilpeppee, western QLD


 


Gray Rock, north QLD


 


Jirin, north QLD


 


Kulpie Waterhole, western QLD


 


Longton, north QLD


 


Morney Plains, western QLD


 


Mt Farquharson, north QLD


 


N*****'s Bounce, north QLD


 


Nocaboorara, south-west QLD


 


Rifle Creek, north QLD


 


Skull Lagoon, north QLD


 


Spring Creek, Mowbray Valley, north QLD


 


Springfield, central QLD


 


Springfield, north QLD


 


Tanbar, south-west QLD


 


The Dip, north QLD


 


Vine Creek, north QLD


 


Wambiana, north QLD


 


Waterview, north QLD


 

Wyandotte, north QLD