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Yurrkuru, the place where Fred Brooks was murdered (also known as 'Brooks Soak'). The term 'soak' refers to a place where water can be found beneath the ground after surface water has dried up.

Yurrkuru
Yurrkuru. Photo: George Serras.

Grave of Fred Brooks at Yurrkuru. The murder of Brooks triggered the Coniston Massacre. After the murder, the body was hastily buried with one boot sticking out of the ground. [1] It was then reburied and the headstone erected at the original burial site.

Gravesite of Fred Brooks
Grave of Fred Brooks at Yurrkuru. Photo: George Serras.

The epitaph on the grave of Fred Brooks was composed by Randal Stafford of Coniston Station. Reads:

In Memory Of
Frederick Brooks
Murdered On 7th
August 1928.

Old Man In The Early
Days Of Coniston.
Those Days When Our
Troubles Were Great
In The Years You & I
Worked Together.
I Found You A True & Staunch Mate.
His Old Mate Randal Stafford.

Epitaph inscribed on the grave of Fred Brooks
Epitaph on the grave of Fred Brooks composed by Randal Stafford of Coniston Station. Photo: George Serras.

[1] Kimber, Dick, 2003-2004. '"Real true history": Coniston Massacre', serialised in 18 copies of the Alice Springs News, Vol 10, Issue 32, September 10, 2003 to Vol 11, Issue 3, February 4 2004, http://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/1032.html (part 1)

For remaining parts 2 to 18, see issues 1033-1103 under archived stories at: http://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/archive.html