It was commonly known as the Wills massacre, but the history of the battle which took place at Cullin-la-ringo near Springsure in Central Queensland is being slowly reshaped.
The 1861 attack, in which 19 European men, women and children were killed, was the single largest massacre of colonists by Aboriginal people in Australian history.
But those numbers are nothing compared to the extermination of up to 370 members of the Gayiri tribe in the following weeks. It was also the start of many more battles in the Frontier War.
There have been many words written about the event, easily accessible on line.
But with the hindsight of history, surely the information sign at the entry to the site could acknowledge the full story. It gives no context to the attack being a reprisal, or the much larger magnitude of the new settlers’ response.
You can follow well-marked signs to find the graves about 30 kilometres from Springsure.
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