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Anthropologist hired to research SA's Waterloo Bay deaths

Local Indigenous groups have long told the story that more than 200 Aboriginal people were killed and thrown off the cliffs above Waterloo Bay. Nearly 170 years on, Anthropologist Dr Haines has been hired to research the Waterloo Bay deaths.

Dr Haines said during that time there had been a number of tit-for-tat murders, including of white settlers, and that culminated on the clifftop.

"It's more than likely that a party of settlers ... pursued a number of traditional owners at the time in the belief perhaps that something had been stolen," he said.

"It's more than likely they pursued them and, having reached the edge of the cliff, shot a few people," he says. "That people, Aboriginal people, were killed at Waterloo Bay in 1849 seems undeniable." abc.net.au