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List of massacres in Australia

The following is a list of massacres that have occurred in Australia and its predecessors (numbers may be approximate):


Name Date Location Deaths Injuries Notes
Shipwreck of the Batavia 1628 Houtman Abrolhos (Western Australia) 110 Many Dutch shipwreck survivors are murdered by a break-away group of survivors
Cape Grim massacre 10 February 1828 Cape Grim, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) 30 Unknown Massacre of Indigenous Australians by four shepherds
Convincing Ground massacre 1833–34 Portland, Victoria 60–200 Unknown Massacre of Indigenous Australians after a heated dispute between whalers and Aboriginal tribes
Battle of Pinjarra 28 October 1834 Pinjarra, Western Australia 14–40 1+ Massacre between British colonists led by Governor Stirling and the Pinjarup Aborigine people
Waterloo Creek massacre/Slaughterhouse Creek massacre January 1838 Waterloo Creek, NSW 40–70 Unknown Massacre of Indigenous Australians as part of a clash between mounted police and Indigenous Australians
Myall Creek massacre 10 June 1838 Myall Creek, NSW 27-30 Unknown Massacre of Indigenous Australians. The attack was racially motivated, and subsequently the colonists who carried out the attack were hanged
Murdering Gully massacre 1839 Mount Emu Creek (near Camperdown, VIC) 35–40 Unknown Massacre of Indigenous Australians undertaken by Frederick Taylor apparently in retaliation to Aborigines having killed the colonists' sheep
Campaspe Plains massacre June 1839 Campaspe Creek, Central Victoria up to 40 Unknown Massacre of Indigenous Australians led by commander Charles Hutton as a reprisal raid against Aboriginal resistance to the invasion and occupation of their lands
Shipwreck survivors of the Maria massacred 1840 Coorong, SA 25 All survivors were killed Ship travelling from Port Adelaide to Hobart was shipwrecked on the SE coast of South Australia, with all surviving the wreck. The survivors traveled on foot, and were massacred by Aboriginal population
Gippsland massacres 1840-1850 Gippsland, VIC 300-1000 Unknown Massacre of Indigenous Australians, combined with the introduction of diseases by the British Colonists which also contributed to heavy losses of the Aborigines. The technical superiority of the Europeans' weapons gave the Europeans an absolute advantage over the Aborigines and as a result, very few white settlers died during the course of the massacres.
Cullin-La-Ringo massacre 17 October 1861 Central Queensland 19 6 Massacre of white settlers by Indigenous Australians
Flying Foam Massacre February–May 1868 Flying Foam Passage, WA 20–150 Unknown Massacre of Indigenous Australians after a series of confrontations between white settlers and Aboriginal people near the Flying Foam Passage
Palmer Massacre August 1878 Palmer River, Queensland 50-200 Unknown Massacre by Cantonese and Pekinese against each other.[1]
Broken Hill Massacre 1 January 1915 Broken Hill, New South Wales, 4 7 Spree shooting by two Moslem gunmen
Mowla Bluff massacre 1916 Kimberley, Western Australia 300–400 0 Massacre of Indigenous Australians. Aboriginal Men, women and children were rounded up and subsequently shot and their bodies burned
Forrest River massacre May–July 1926 Kimberley Region of Western Australia 11 Unknown Massacre of Indigenous Australians by law enforcement.
Coniston massacre 14 August – 18 October 1928 Coniston, Northern Territory 60–170 Unknown Probably the last known massacre of Indigenous Australians
Hope Forest Massacre September 6, 1971 Hope Forest, SA 10 0 Rampage killing by Clifford Bartholomew, who shot dead ten members of his family[2]
Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub fire 8 March 1973 Fortitude Valley, Queensland 15 unknown Arson attack that killed 15 people and injured many more at a nightclub
Campsie murders 24 September 1981 Campsie, New South Wales 5 0 Rampage killing by Fouad Daoud, who shot dead five members of his family before killing himself[3]
Wahroonga murders 1 June 1984 Wahroonga, New South Wales 5 0 Rampage killing by John Brandon, who shot dead five members of his family before killing himself.[4]
Milperra massacre 2 September 1984 Milperra, New South Wales 7 28 Shootout between two rival motorcycle gangs. 1 bystander was among those killed in the incident
Top End Shootings June 1987 Top End, Northern Territory 5 1 Spree killing by Joseph Schwab over a five day period. Shot dead by police
Hoddle Street massacre 9 August 1987 Clifton Hill, Victoria 7 19 A Spree shooting by Julian Knight
Canley Vale Huynh family murders 10 October 1987 Canley Vale, New South Wales 5 1 Rampage killing by John Tran, who shot dead 5 members of a family
Queen Street massacre 8 December 1987 Melbourne, Victoria 8 5 A spree shooting/murder–suicide by Frank Vitkovic
Oenpelli shootings 25 September 1988 Oenpelli, Northern Territory 6 0 Rampage killing by Dennis Rostron, six members of his family at a remote Arnhem Land outstation in Oenpelli[5]
Surry Hills shootings 30 August 1990 Surry Hills, New South Wales 5 0 A spree shooting by Paul Anthony Evers who killed 5 people and injured 11 with a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun at a public housing precinct in Surry Hills before surrendering to police.[6]
Strathfield massacre 17 August 1991 Strathfield, New South Wales 7 6 A spree shooting/murder–suicide by Wade Frankum
Central Coast Massacre 27 October 1992 Terrigal, New South Wales 6 1 A Malcolm George Baker
1993 Cangai siege March 1993 Cangai, New South Wales 5 0 Leonard Leabeater, Robert Steele and Raymond Bassett went on a nine day rampage resulting in their taking hostages in a siege in a farmhouse at Hanging Rock Station in Cangai
Hillcrest Murders 25 January 1996 Hillcrest, Queensland 6 0 Rampage killing by Peter May, who shot dead six members of his family before killing himself[7]
Port Arthur massacre 28 April 1996 Port Arthur, Tasmania 35 24 A spree shooting by Martin Bryant
Snowtown murders August 1992–May 1999 Snowtown, South Australia 12 unknown attack by John Bunting, Robert Wagner, and James Vlassakis, a total of 12 bodies were found in acid filled barrels and rainwater tanks
Childers Palace Backpackers fire 23 June 2000 Childers, Queensland 15 unknown Arson attack by Robert Paul Long, which killed 15 international backpackers
Churchill Fire 7 February 2009 Churchill, Victoria 10 unknown Arson attack by Brendan Sokaluk that killed 10 people, during the Black Saturday bushfires period
Lin family murders 18 July 2009 North Epping, NSW 5 unknown Blunt Instrument attack by Lian Bin "Robert" Xie, which killed 5 members of the Lin family
Quakers Hill Nursing Home Fire 18 November 2011 Sydney, New South Wales 11 20 Arson attack by Roger Kingsley Dean, a nurse, which killed 11 people
Hunt family murders 9 September 2014 Lockhart, NSW 5 0 Murder-suicide shooting spree by Geoff Hunt who killed his wife and three children before turning the gun on himself

See also


  1. ^ Manning Clark A History of Australia Vol IV p 353>
  2. ^ "Father charged after 10 killed".  
  3. ^ "Thrown out of house three days before family was killed Daoud got gun licence from Campsie police".  
  4. ^ "'"Man killed his family to spare them 'disgrace.  
  5. ^ Dillon, Meagan (January 31, 2013). "Killer's Release Possible".  
  6. ^ "Recent random mass shootings in Australia".  
  7. ^, Lisa "Victory for Brisbane women's services"

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