In the year 1880 or thereabouts there was a big massacre around Butchers
Creek area. It started at Jillan which is an old Bora ground. The camp
population was about five hundred yarra more or less: young and old, men
On a day when the yarra, the men, went hunting, the gumaring,
whitemen, visited the camp in their absence and took advantage of their yipi, their women. When the yarra
came home they came found the gumaring in the camp with their yipi. So,
that's when the war started between them, the Blackman and the Whiteman.
The yarra started fighting with spears.
When the gumaring saw they were being killed one escaped and went back to
town to send for police to come out with guns. Most of our people were
shot, even the young kids were shot down. Lots of the women ran into the
forest to hide and managed to get away and were safe. My Grandmother told
me that one of my Aunties was hung up on a lawyer vine but wasn't shot,
they missed her. My Grandmother hid in the bladey grass. When the fighting
was over she came out of hiding and went back to camp.
Grandmother lived peacefullly for a long time and reared her children.
Then she decided to look for a partner. She found a partner and married
him and had two yarra, sons, and two yipi, girls, to him. One yipi was
shot by the police, the other one disappeared, running away. I don't know
where she got to but she was safe. This was common in those days.
The shield design, is from a shield of the Butchers
Ck Clan of the Ngadjonji recreated in early 2000 by George Davis, Yidinyji
Elder and Uncle to the Ngadjonji.
Now we are living in a peaceful world for a while.
Ngadjonji Elder, Emma Johnston, is the daughter of Molly