Site Name Goanna Headland, Evans Head
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Bundjalung
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -29.113,153.445,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1843 and 31 Dec 1843
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 100
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M,F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Attacker Category mounted settlers
Attacker Details 11 white men plus sailors from 2 schooners
Motive Reprisal for Killing 5 sawyers
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used muskets, swords, pistols
Narrative Following the Bandjuling killing of 5 white men at Pelican Creek, a posse of 11 stockmen attacked a camp at Evans River and drove the Aboriginal people towards Goanna Headland where 2 schooners were sheltering from the southerly gale. The sailors on board joined in the shooting. Men, women and children were killed. Only 2 children survived.
Sources Medcalf 1993:5-7 (Sources PDF)
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