The Pinjarra Massacre in the age of the statue wars

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Curthoys, Ann and Konishi, Shino. (2022). The Pinjarra Massacre in the age of the statue wars. Journal of Genocide Research. 24(4), pp. 511-528. https://doi.org/10.1080/14623528.2021.2023986
AuthorsCurthoys, Ann and Konishi, Shino
Abstract

The Pinjarra Massacre of 1834 was a large-scale colonial attack on Aboriginal people in Western Australia. Led by Governor James Stirling, a party of British police, soldiers and settlers ambushed a group of Bindjareb Noongar, killing of at least 15 Bindjareb Noongar men by Stirling’s reckoning, and as many as 80 men, women, and children by other accounts. Though the event was widely recorded in the nineteenth-century, this massacre was effaced in the commemoration of its leader – Governor Stirling. This article will trace the history of the massacre and how it has been remembered, the troubled history of a statue of Stirling which still stands in the city of Perth, and the fight by Bindjareb Noongar to establish a memorial to the victims.

KeywordsPinjarra; massacre; stirling; statue; Bindjareb Noongar
Year2022
JournalJournal of Genocide Research
Journal citation24 (4), pp. 511-528
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1469-9494
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14623528.2021.2023986
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85122848779
Page range511-528
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