Site Name Hawkesbury (2)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Bediagal
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -33.537,150.805,0
Date 7 Jun 1795
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 Military
Attacker Details Two officers and 66 soldiers of the NSW Corps.
Motive Reprisal settler & property
Type Of Motive Reprisal settler & property
Weapons Used Muskets
Notes
Narrative Following an alleged killing of 2 settlers by Bediagal people in May 1795, Capt Paterson of the NSW Corps despatched 2 officers and 66 soliders to the Hawkesbury with orders to, ‘drive the natives to a distance;’ and, in the hope of striking terror, to erect gibbets in different places, whereon the bodies of all they might kill were to be hung.’ [Fletcher 1975: 348]. According to Connor, on their arrival the detachment forced an Aboriginal boy to reveal the location of the Bediagal and that night the soldiers made contact with them in the forest not far from the farms. ‘The roar of muskets filled the night air, followed by the screams of the wounded and dying. The soldiers saw seven or eight of the [Bediagal] fall down in the undergrowth, but when they went out next morning to find the bodies and string them up they found that the [Bediagal] had carried away their comrades’ bodies during the night.’ (Connor 2002:38)
Sources Fletcher 1975: 348-9; HRA, I,ii:.416; HRNSW, 2:307; Connor 2002: 38 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***