Yagan (c. 1795 – 11 July 1833) was an Indigenous Australian warrior from the Noongar people. He played a key part in early resistance to British colonial settlement and rule in the area surrounding what is now Perth, Western Australia.

Yagan was pursued by the local authorities after he killed Erin Entwhistle, a servant of farmer Archibald Butler. It was an act of retaliation after Thomas Smedley, another of Butler’s servants, shot at a group of Noongar people stealing potatoes and fowls, killing one of them.

The government offered a bounty for Yagan’s capture, dead or alive, and a young settler, William Keats, subsequently shot and killed him.

Yagan’s execution figures in Australian history as a symbol of the unjust and sometimes brutal treatment of the indigenous peoples of Australia by colonial settlers.

He is considered a hero by the Noongar.

 

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