Site Name Hawkesbury (1)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Bediagal
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -33.592,150.821,0
Date 1 Sep 1794
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 7
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 7 or 8, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Settler
Attacker Details Hawkesbury Settlers.
Motive Reprisal property
Type Of Motive Reprisal property
Weapons Used
Notes
Narrative ‘At the Hawkesbury, … a settler there and his servant were nearly murdered in their ? by some natives from the woods, who stole upon them with such secrecy, as to wound and overpower them before they could procure assistance. The servant was so much hurt by them with spears and clubs, as to be in danger of losing his life. A few days after this circumstance, a body of natives having attacked the settlers, and carried off all their clothes and provisions, and whatever else they could lay their hands on, the sufferers collected what arms they could, and following them, seven or eight of the plunderers were killed on the spot.’ Turbot notes that this ‘was the largest recorded number of Aborigines killed in a single encounter since the arrival of the First Fleet’.
Sources Fletcher 1975: vol.1: 326; Turbet 2011: 81 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***