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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 European and Further Accounts of the Early Murders
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'This story, in which a white man travelling up the Victoria River is murdered by several local Aboriginal men, clearly correlates to the murder of Patrick O'Neill (also called 'Paddy the Lasher). Accused of the murder was a Gurindji man, reportedly called Wallagoolah (who was probably named after the place Warlakula, (see Chapter 3). Several details of the dialogue Danbayarri reports correspond with witness statements recorded in a newspaper report in December 1896, for example where two of the men were hesitant to murder the man, but one of them was convinced it was necessary and committed the murder himself. Danbayarri describes a farcical, almost comical, scene where the kartiya mocks a ngumpin over his hunting catch, a dead goanna, takes it from him and slaps one of them with it. Both Danbayarri and the newspaper accounts describe the body being thrown into the water. The witnesses in the trial, a man named Caralagoolah and a woman named Bungalla Kitty, were not eyewitnesses to the event, but were from the same Aboriginal clan and claim to have overheard one of the defendants, Jaydeadda, telling of how he had committed the so-called 'killing'.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Yijarni : True Stories from Gurindji Country Erika Charola (editor), Felicity Meakins (editor), Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2016 9469367 2016 selected work prose Indigenous story

    'On 23 August 1966, approximately 200 Gurindji stockmen and their families walked off Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory, protesting against poor working conditions and the taking of their land by pastoralists. Led by Vincent Lingiari, this land-mark action in 1966 precipitated the equal wages case in the pastoral industry and the establishment of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. While it is well known that the Walk Off was driven by the poor treatment of Aboriginal workers, what is less well known is the previous decades of massacres and killings, stolen children and other abuses by early colonists. Told in both English and Gurindji, these compelling and detailed oral accounts of the events that Gurindji elders either witnessed or heard from their parents and grandparents, will ignite the interest of audiences nationally and internationally and challenge revisionist historians who question the extent of frontier battles and the legitimacy of the Stolen Generations. ...' (Source: AIATSIS website)

    Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2016
    pg. 81-83
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