Site Name Kangaroo Creek, Clarence Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Gumbaynggnir
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -29.932,152.868,0
Date 29 Nov 1847
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 23
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 23, 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 Squatter Thomas Coutts, lessee of Kangaroo Creek station.
Motive Opportunity
Type Of Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Poison
Narrative In Feb 1848, Crown Lands Commissioner, Oliver Fry, was told by a stockman and an Aboriginal man at Grafton about the poisonings and he set off for CouttsÂ’ station to investigate. He found human remains but they were too decomposed for analysis. Coutts was arrested and brought to Sydney where he was bailed for 1,000 pounds, but was discharged in May for lack of evidence.
Sources HRA 1, xxvi: 392, 395; Lydon 1996: 151-175 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***