Murder sparks revenge

THE massacre on Paddy's Island was apparently sparked by the murder of pioneer Geoffrey Blaxland in 1850.

Mr Blaxland's severely battered body was found near a creek 200m from his home.

As historian Neville Rackemann recounts in his Historical Note Book, messages were sent to all the neighbouring stations calling for volunteers to hunt down those thought responsible.

Although the Aborigines fled the station, the revenge party eventually caught up with at least 1000 men, women and children on Paddy's Island.

A “heated battle” then took place, sometimes referred to as a “massacre”.

However the leader of the party, Captain M. C. O'Connell, said in his report the whites merely burned an Aboriginal camp as a warning.



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