Tribute to 'massacred' Woolwonga tribe near Katherine

Oct 09, 2016, 01:51 AM

Northern Territory - A ceremony has been held to mark 130 years since almost the entire Woolwonga tribe was believed to have been murdered, with official recognition now paid to its descendants.

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion unveiled a plaque to commemorate the tribe from Alligator River, near Katherine.

A girl known as 'Jennie' was found to be the only known survivor after an 1899 census document was discovered.

Woolwonga Committee Chair Lynette Hopkins says the ceremony welcomed more than 100 people to the old Burrundie railway station, the site where the massacre took place in 1884.

Image: Woolwonga Committee, courtesy of ABC

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