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The plaque commemorates Mrs. Mary Ann Rainbird and her children who were allegedly killed by Aborigines in 1861.

Her body and those of her two small children, were found pushed into a wombat hole near their Hamilton farm. 

Mrs Rainbird and husband and some children came to South Australia in the 1850's, and settled in the mid-north of the state and lost some children and had some more.  In 1861, when Mr Robert Rainbird came home from work, Mrs Rainbird and the children were nowhere to be found. and they were last seen by him early that morning.

24 hours later, they were found murdered, and 6 Aborigines were arrested.  Public outcry from nearby towns saw the Police hurry an investigation, which ultimately saw one of the Aborigines, suggest it was four of the others who committed the crime.  

There were calls for a public hanging in Kapunda, and the Aborigines were transferred to Adelaide Gaol, where after a quick trial, where a number of facts were omitted, the four Aborigines were executed.


Address:Caroline Street, St Matthew's Anglican Church, Hamilton, 5373
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.221888
Long: 138.879732
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:16-March-1861
Actual Event End Date:16-March-1861


Front Inscription

In memory of Mrs. Rainbird and children

Massacred by natives in 1861


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au