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Burial place of Fred Brooks, Lander Creek, Northern Territory, 1928 [picture] / Michael Terry
Bib ID 3068972
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
Author
Terry, Michael, 1899-1981
 
Online Versions
Description 1928 
1 photograph: gelatin silver ; 28.2 x 34.8 cm., on mount 51 x 40.6 cm. 
Series

Terry, Michael, 1899-1981. Photographs from the Michael Terry exhibition Australian walkabout.

Biography/History

Fred Brooks death on 7 August 1928, and the subsequent killing of 17 local Aboriginals by a party led by Mounted Constable Murray; an alleged attack on the pastoralist "Nugget" Morton, and the further killing of 14 Aboriginal people, is sometimes referred to as the Coniston story or Coniston massacre. It has been reported in a police hearing in Alice Springs, a Supreme Court hearing in Darwin, a Commonwealth Board of Inquiry, in the domestic and international press, and in the oral histories of Aboriginal people. The historical detail and motivations of those involved is still contentious.

Notes

Title devised by cataloguer based on accompanying list.

Part of the collection: Photographs from the Michael Terry exhibition Australian walkabout.

"When Warramullas attacked along Lander Creek in 1928 they murdered bushman Fred Brooks and pushed his body down a rabbit burrow as they feared he would warn his fellow settlers. When peace was restored Brooks was properly burried in frontier style, a headstone was provided by pioneer cattleman Randal Stafford, and Terry agreed to transport it to Lander Creek." -- Caption on mount.

Inscriptions: "Australian walkabout, early glimpses of our unexplored interior. Photography by Michael Terry. A Kodak presentation" -- on lower part of mount.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-148716561

Subjects Brooks, Fred, -1928 -- Death and burial -- Photographs.  |  Terry, Michael, 1899-1981 -- Travel -- Northern Territory -- Photographs.  |  Sepulchral monuments -- Northern Territory -- Coniston Region -- Photographs.  |  Race relations - Violent - Massacres, murders, poisonings etc. - 1901-  |  Yurrkuru / Brookes Soak (South Central NT SF53-09)  |  Coniston Region (N.T.) -- Photographs.
Other authors/contributors Terry, Michael, 1899-1981

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