Non-Indigenous name: Well 42
Historical name: Guli tank
Traditional knowledge: While searching for his young brother Rover Thomas, Clifford Brooks’ father Charlie came across a massacre site somewhere between wells 40 and 42. This was most likely the place where Kurtiji Peter Goodijie witnessed the massacre of his parents and siblings as a child near Well 42.
My father die there, two mothers, my brother, all the kids. Kartiya [white people] kill whole lot. Daddy kill camel, kartiya [come] after him. Father been kill ‘em camel, tommy hawk. "Christ, we better go, kartiya might shoot us! Come on, get up, lets go!" We went to them old fellas, they told us, “You two go.” We went away to a sandhill, sat down there looking at them from a long way.
Then we saw all the kartiya come up. "What? You been living here, old man?" "Don’t shoot me! I gotta sing you!" One old man got up with his spear and speared one of their horse on the leg. Kartiya shot him right there. That other old [kartiya] fella shoot him too. These mob, three sister and two mother for me, poor fella, all lot finished. That old man been die there. This my Country. That kartiya shoot him, shoot him sideways. (Kurtiji Peter Goodijee, 1986)
Native title area: Ngurarra determination
Well data: 1906 quality: First class
Current quality of well: Soakage
Current quality of water: Green, no smell
Total dissolved salts (ppm): 2585
PH level: 8.3
PH level date: 2007
Related art centre(s): Other
Media title: Kulyayi
Media creator: Clifford Brooks
Media description: Ruins of Well 42 at Kulyayi
Media Copyright: Clifford Brooks
Accession ID: FORM_MIRA_B0088_0030
Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.