Site Name Bogan River beyond Mt Harris
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Ngiyampaa
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -31.562,147.177,0
Date Between 1 Oct 1841 and 31 Oct 1841
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 12
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M than12, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 3
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category
Attacker Details Mounted Police led by Corporal Reilly, squatter Jospeh Moulder, Andrew Kerr, overseer to William Lee and stockman William Carr on squatter William Lee?s run at the Bogan river.
Motive Reprisal
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, sabres
Narrative After Ngiyampa killed Robert Roach, William Moreton and Abraham Fearnham in October 1841,after being sent by William Lee's overseer Andrew Kerr to establish a new station on the Bogan River beyond Mr Harris and against instructions to leave the water for the Ngiyampaa, a detachment of Mounted Police based at Bathurst and led by Corporal Reilly in the absence of the CO Lt Nicholson, and with the assistance of William Carr, Andrew Kerr and other stockmen, avenged the deaths of the three men by killing 12.Ngiyampa and arresting three of the alleged killers, one of whom esacped. CLC William Allman investigated the case and charged the two Ngiyampa men with murder, brought them before the Circuit Court in March 1842,and secured their discharge for lack of evidence. Allman recommended that Lee's pastoral lease be withdrawn and not renewed and Governor Gipps agreed.. Outraged that a settler of Lee's standing should be treated in this way, a group of settlers at Bathurt petitioned Gipps to restore Lee's licence. The matter was raised by James Macarthur in the Legislative Council, on 22 August 1842 and in the debate on 23 August, Gipps justified his decision on the grounds that Lee had failed to observe instructions not to squat on the Bogan river and to leave water for the Ngiyampa. The debae was reported in fiull in the SMH. on August 24. .
Sources SMH August 24, 1842 -; Mitchell 1848: 30; Reece 1974:51; Muir 2014: 39 (Sources PDF)
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