The grave of dingo trapper Fred Brooks at Lander Creek. His murder was followed by the Coniston Massacres that occurred 90 years ago this month. Brooks had set out through Coniston Station, 250 kilometres north west of Alice Springs, in the hope of trapping a few dingos, but he was found murdered on 7 August 1928 at Yurrkuru. In reprisal, groups of men on horseback, led by mounted constable George Murray, shot and killed Aboriginal children, women and men at several sites around Central Australia. The official enquiry that followed put the number of dead at 31, although historians and surviving families estimate the death toll was at least 100. No charges came from that enquiry. Last Friday the families of the victims gathered at Yurrkuru to mark the anniversary.
Image: Photographs from the Michael Terry exhibition Australian walkabout, National Library of Australia