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The graves and site commemorate the massacre of nineteen Europeans by Aborigines from the Kairi tribe on "Culling-La-Ringo" Station. This was the largest recorded massacre of Europeans in Australian history. Horatio Wills (station owner) and his people were buried in a grave at the scene of the massacre, which is remembered in a headstone.

It was a retaliatory massacre, part of the savage frontier guerrilla war that was being waged at the time. Eighty kilometres from Cullin-la-ringo and north of the Expedition and Staircase Ranges, some local graziers in 1861 were poisoning Kairi Kairi water holes and shooting Aboriginal people, while the Native Mounted Police were being encouraged to forcibly evict Aboriginal people from station and river camps.

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Address:Garden Creek Road, via Birtley Road, Springsure, 4722
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.974234
Long: 147.910339
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:17-October-1861
Actual Event End Date:17-October-1861


Front Inscription

Headstone :

In memory of Horatio Spencer Wills of Victoria

Aged 49 years

Who with his whole party consisting of 19 persons, men women and children, were barbarously murdered by the Blacks on this spot in the 17th of October 1861

Headstone :

R. I. P

George Elliott Thomas 

Killed by Blacks

17 - 10 - 1861

Headstone :

R. I. P

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Baker and children Elizabeth, David, Iden and infant daughter

Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Mannion and children Mary Ann, Maggy and infant daughter

Also George Ling, Edward M`Cormack, Henry Pickering James Scott & Charles Weeden.

Killed by Blacks

17 - 10 - 1861



Inscription in Proximity

This is the site of the massacre of 19 people by a local Aboriginal tribe on 17 October 1861

The people killed were in a party led by Horatio Wills and were resting in the early afternoon when the tribe moved into camp and killed the ten men, two women and seven children

Source: MA, ADB
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