Site Name Bluff Rock New England Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Marbal or Ngarbal
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -29.163,152.003,0
Date 17 Oct 1844
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 10
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 10-20, 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 Edward Irby and Thomas Windeyer and the latter?s two servants, Connor and Weaver.
Motive Reprisal
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets
Narrative In daylight Irby and Windeyer and Connor and Weaver chased and then lost and then came upon, more by chance than by skill, a group of Bundjalung or Ngarabal (Marbal or Ngarbal speakers?) sheltering beneath the very rocks Irby and Windeyer found themselves upon. Irby and Windeyer lay on the rocks and began firing at the people below, knowing that their fire would bring up Connor and Weaver who joined the slaughter. This was in retaliation for killing of shepherd named Robinson, employee of Irby Brothers, lessees of Bolivia station.
Sources Irby 1908: 77, 90; Schlunke 2005: 59-60; Walker, 1966: 30 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***