Site Name Hawkesbury (1)
Aboriginal Place Name Dyarubbin
Language Group Bediagal
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District Windsor
Latitude -33.592
Longitude 150.821
Date 1 Sep 1794
Attack Time night
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 7
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 7 or 8, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Settler
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Foot
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used muskets, swords
Narrative ‘At the Hawkesbury, … a settler there and his servant were nearly murdered in their sleep by some natives from the woods, who stole upon them with such secrecy, as to wound and overpower them before they could procure assistance. The servant was so much hurt by them with spears and clubs, as to be in danger of losing his life. A few days after this circumstance, a body of natives having attacked the settlers, and carried off all their clothes and provisions, and whatever else they could lay their hands on, the sufferers collected what arms they could, and following them, seven or eight of the plunderers were killed on the spot.’ Turbot notes that this ‘was the largest recorded number of Aborigines killed in a single encounter since the arrival of the First Fleet’.
Sources Fletcher 1975: vol.1: 326; Turbet 2011: 81 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **