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Kalkadoon


Many settlers were killed, and a native police contingent ambushed by the Kalkadoon.

In 1884 James Powell was killed with a spear while herding cattle. Police Sub Inspector Frederick Charles Urquhart, and Alexander Kennedy from Scotland tracked the Kalkadoons and there was a masscre of them in a gorge, where women and children were also killed.

A Chinese shepherd was murdered in September on Granada Station in the foothills of the Argylla Ranges, sparking reprisals, where the Kalkadoon took a stand on a steep hill, what was known as Battle Mountain. The first charge of 200 police and men on horseback failed because of the steep slope and the spears and rocks which were hurled at them. The Aborigines hid behind rocks on the hill and so could not be shot by the police. Urquhart was injured and knocked unconscious for several hours, after which he divided his forces and attacked on two fronts. Following this, the Kalkadoon left their defensive positions and charged the police, and were mowed down from rifle fire, with more than 200 killed.


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