MOONLIGHT, MICHAEL (c.1889-1970), Aboriginal stockman, was born about 1889 at
Mount Merlin station, near Boulia, Queensland, son of King Baly and his wife
Mammie. King Baly's people, the Kalkadoon, had resisted European attempts to take
their lands until a force of settlers and Queensland Native Mounted Police
defeated them in battle near Kajabbi in 1884. Michael long remembered how his
father was treated: 'They brought him in from the bush and ''quietened" [pacified]
him'. Moonlight worked as a stockman on stations around Boulia, including
Strathelbiss and Marion Downs, before being employed on nearby Chatsworth where he
acquired his own house and horses. As a young man, he married Lizzie Cherigsue.
Later, he married Lardie Roberts.
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