Waterloo Bay MassacrePrint Page Print this page

A monument commemorates the massacre of Aboriginal people at Waterloo Bay in May 1849.

Due to lack of written evidence this event has been subject to much specualtion as to whether it occurred. The events leading up to the clash included killings of three white settlers by Aboriginal people, and the killing of one Aboriginal person and the death by poisoning of five others by European settlers. The limited archival records indicate that three Aboriginal people were killed or died of wounds from the clash, and five were captured, however, accounts of the killing of up to 260 Aboriginal people at the cliffs have persistently circulated since at least 1880.

Aboriginal people from the west coast of South Australia have oral history traditions that a large-scale massacre occurred. An attempt in the 1970s to build a memorial for the Aboriginal people killed in the massacre was unsuccessful, as the District Council of Elliston demanded proof that the massacre occurred before permitting a cairn to be placed on the cliffs. 



Address:Little Bay Clifftop Drive, Waterloo Bay, Elliston, 5670
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.661681
Long: 134.894854
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map


Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:May-1849
Approx. Event End Date:May-1849


Front Inscription
Left Side Inscription

Recognition of Aborignal people on West Coast

Barngarla Nauo Mirning Kokatha


Right Side Inscription
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
Proudly sponsored by UBC Web Design