Coo-ee Publishing, NSW
The Horso Creek Massacre in the 1880s was one of the most horrific and defining events in the Aboriginal / White relations in the Kimberley region. This story, passed down by the artist’s grandfather, Paddy Rattigan, was related to her by her father.
A group of Aboriginal people were shot by white police after Paddy’s father killed a bullock. He was the sole survivor after hiding in the body cavity of the dead animal. Several of those killed were women. Their children, shown lying in the coolamons they were carried in, also died. The incident is remembered and passed down as part of the oral history of the region. It brings topical events such as the land / pastoral rights debate into sharp focus.Share