Site Name Orara River, near Seelands Clarence PD
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Ngarabal?
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -29.631,152.812,0
Date Between 1 Apr 1841 and 30 Apr 1841
Attack Time Dawn
Aboriginal People Killed 20
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M more than 20, 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
Attacker Details Oakes, CLC Clarence Pastoral District and party of special constables.
Motive Reprisal
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, blades, cutlasses
Narrative In response to theft from Ramornie station, CLC Oakes of Clarence PD swore in stockmen as special constables to surround a Bundjalung (Ngarabal? speakers) camp at night and at daybreak charged and killed indiscriminately Aboriginal men, women and children. The massacre was in reprisal for alleged theft of stock. A man named Lynch was later charged with the offence.
Sources SRNSW CSIL CCL 1841 4/2525; Kent 2006. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***