Site Name Ardgowan Island, Gwydir River, Bligh PD
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Wiriyaraay or Gamilaraay or Yugambul
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -29.526,150.334,0
Date Between 8 Jan 1838 and 31 Aug 1838
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 9
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 9, 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 Stockmen
Attacker Details Thomas Eyles, James Dunn, William Allen
Type Of Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used
Narrative Eyles, overseer at Ardgowan Plains, and two stockmen shot and killed a group of Kamilaroi [Wiriyaraay or Gamilaraay or Yugambul speakers?] people on Ardgowan Island and buried them.
Sources CCL Mayne to Thomson, 23-28 Feb 1839, SRNSW CSR39/2519 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***