Site Name Hornet Bank Station, Upper Burnett Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Gungabula or Yiman
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -25.757,149.407,0
Date 27 Oct 1857
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 0
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 11
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 8 , F3;
Attacker Category
Attacker Details
Motive Reprisal
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, tomahawk, clubs
Narrative Minutes after first light appeared on 27 October 1857, a group of Aboriginal men entered the darkened homestead at Hornet Bank, and killed 5 men from the Fraser family along with 3 male employees, and knocked Sylvester aged 14, unconscious and left him for dead. Then they induced Mrs Fraser and her two daughters outisde and after some deliberation they raped them all and then killed them. The eledest son, William Fraser was absent on the road to Ipswich. After sunrise, Sylvester escaped to a neighbouring station and raised the alarm. Carried out in reprisal for the Fraser sons' sexual abuse of Aboriginal women.
Sources Age, November 20,1857 -; Reid 1980-1: 62-82; Reid 1981. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***