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The grave commemorates Michael Tobin who was fatally speared by an Aborigine in April 1907.  Tobin was a member of the exploration party led by Alfred Canning

On the Canning Stock Route the wells built by Alfred Canning became sites of conflict between cultures. Conflict on the stock route was also triggered by, and in response to, the men who made the wells, and the drovers who came to use them.

During Canning's return to Wiluna in 1907, Michael Tobin, was fatally speared at Natawalu (Well 40). In the same moment Tobin shot and killed Mungkututu, the Aboriginal man who had speared him. To this day, the reasons given for this incident are varied. One account says that Tobin had taken Mungkututu's wife, while another says that it was revenge for the theft of sacred objects by Canning's men. 



Address:Canning Stock Route, near Well 40, Tobin Lake
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -21.667166
Long: 125.791416
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:06-April-1907
Actual Event End Date:06-April-1907


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1908
Front Inscription

Sacred to the memory of Michael Tobin

Speared - 6 / 4 / 07

Erected by M.W.S. Dept, 08

Source: MA
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