List of massacres in Australia
|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||0||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.|
|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||6 September 1971||Hope Forest, SA||10||0||Rampage killing by Clifford Bartholomew, who shot dead ten members of his family|
|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|
|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.|
|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|
|Surry Hills shootings||30 August 1990||Surry Hills, New South Wales||5||7||A spree shooting by Paul Anthony Evers who killed 5 people and injured 7 with a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun at a public housing precinct in Surry Hills before surrendering to police.|
|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 spree shooting by 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|
|Port Arthur massacre||28 April 1996||Port Arthur, Tasmania||35||21||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, New South Wales||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, NSW||11||20||Arson attack by Roger Kingsley Dean, a nurse, which killed 11 people|
|Hunt family murders||9 September 2014||Lockhart, New South Wales||5||0||Murder-suicide shooting spree by Geoff Hunt who killed his wife and three children before turning the gun on himself|
|Cairns child killings||19 December 2014||Cairns, Queensland||8||1-self inflicted (perpetrator)||Stabbing attack. 8 children aged 18 months to 15 years killed. 37 year old woman also found injured. The woman was later charged with the murder of the children, 7 of whom were hers, plus her niece.|
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