Malay Bay massacre

The Malay bay massacre occurred in proximity of Malay Bay, situated in the northern region of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, involved the killing of six Macassan fishermen by Indigenous Australians in October 1892. Suspected leader of the perpetrators, 'Wandy Wandy', was captured and later executed by hanging for the killings.[1][2]

Description of the MassacreEdit

A pair of Macassan fishing vessels, each with a crew of three, anchored in Malay Bay after running short of water and other important provisions. Strong north-easterly winds forced one of the ships onto the shore, resulting in a large hole being smashed into the hull. The stranded crew sought the aid of a local group of Aborigines in finding the nearest settlement. Some time after their stranding, the entire Macassan party were ambushed and killed by a group of Aboriginal people, led by 'Wandy Wandy', who had earlier been convicted of murder.[3]


  1. ^ "Colonial Frontier Massacres in Australia: Malay Bay". The University of Newcastle. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Reported Massacre by Blacks at Malay Bay". Northern Territory Times and Gazette. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  3. ^ "The Malay Bay Massacre". Northern Territory Times and Gazette. Retrieved 15 April 2020.