Site Name Appin
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Gundungurra
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District Liverpool
Latitude -34.23
Longitude 150.742
Date 17 Apr 1816
Attack Time night
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 14
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 14, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Foot soldiers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Foot
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, blades, swords
Narrative At 1 am on 17 April 1816, a party of the 46th Regiment led by Captain James Wallis ‘came across an Aboriginal camp on the cliffs above a creek. Wallis ordered his troops into a line and advanced into the moonlight, killing seven Aborigines…. Wallis did not send any men around the camp to cut off people fleeing the advancing line and a further seven “met their fate by rushing in despair over the precipice”. Two women and three men were captured. The bodies of two men, Durelle and Kanabygal, were hauled from the creek and hung on McGee’s Hill near Boughton’s farm.’ (Connor 2002:51)
Sources Wallis to Macquarie, May 4, June 4, 1816, ML A773. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***