The Windmill Aboriginal Hangings and Rent Collection (Conflict site)

Stage Number: MBNH.09.02.05

Group: Old Town & River

Local Study Area: Petrie Terrace-Spring Hill-Bowen Hills

Epoch: Early 19th Century

Street Address: Old Windmill, Wickham Terrace

Latitude & Longitude: -27.46569444,153.02311111

Time Link: 1841

Map Link: 1865

Image Time Point: 1865

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On June 1841, this became the site of the first public hanging in Brisbane – of Mullan and Ningavil for the murder of the explorer Stapleton. Between 1846 and 1847, the warrior Yilbung extracted a monthly flour rent from this Windmill for his people as payment for use of the land, until apprehended at the Windmill by soldiers. In 1855, Aboriginal groups gathered by the Windmill to protest the hanging of Dundalli, conducting one of the largest Aboriginal protests of that time.


Ray Kerkhove, 2015, Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane (Salisbury: Boolarong), 106-7.

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QSA. QSA Series ID 2043 City of Brisbane and Suburbs Maps – A1A Series. 1 chain to the inch. Plan of subdivision of section 30 City of Brisbane. 1 chain to an inch. Surveyor General’s Office, Brisbane.(quarter-size). 634488