Site Name Darkie Point, Bellingen River, New England Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Baanbay
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -30.441,152.417,0
Date Between 1 May 1841 and 31 May 1841
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 10
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M more than 10, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F; ?a great number? more than ten.
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category
Attacker Details A party of ten including Eldershaw, three neighbours and six stockmen.
Motive Reprisal
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets
Narrative Following the brutal murder of 3 shepherds on Eldershaw?s outstation in the north eastern part of New England (and the taking of 2000 sheep by Bundjalung), Eldershaw organised a ?pursuing party? of ten men, ?well mounted and accoutred? and set off with ten days provisions for the south branch of the Clarence. According to Eldershaw they shot the entire group ? a great number? in daylight.
Sources Eldershaw 1851: 60-65; Blomfield 1981: 85-91; Elder 2005: 105-117 (Sources PDF)
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