Site Name Paterson River, Hunter Valley
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Wonnarua
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -32.563,151.620,0
Date Between 22 Feb 1827 and 25 Feb 1827
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 12
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 12, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 1
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes 1M Wounded:
Attacker Category
Attacker Details
Motive Reprisal
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets
Narrative A shepherd on EG Cory's estate at Paterson River killed a dog belonging to Wonnarua warriors. In reprisal the Wonnarua wounded the shepherd and set fire to the corn crop. In reprisal the shepherd gathered other shepherds and workmen on the estate and attacked the Wonnarua with the loss of 12 lives.
Sources The Australian, Mar 3, 1827, p.3; Sydney Gazette, Mar 22,1827, p2, Mar 24, 1827, p.3. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **