Site Name Deepwater (1), New England Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Guyambal or Ngarabul or Marbal
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -29.270,151.628,0
Date 11 Sep 1842
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 20
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M at least 20, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F20
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category
Attacker Details Edward and Leonard Irby, Thomas Windeyer, overseer Collins and one other on horseback and three other men on foot.
Motive Reprisal
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets
Narrative Irby recorded a night time attack on camp of 100 Aboriginal people located between "2 terribly steep ridges, about 20 metres above a gully. We completely routed them and remained in possession of the camp and all their traps.There were 102 sheep left. We made a large fire and burned everything belonging to them. We got home at 4pm next day, well satisfied with our success."
Sources Irby 1908: 60-63 (Sources PDF)
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