Site Name Turon River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Wiradjuri
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District Bathurst
Latitude -33.12
Longitude 149.849
Date 1 Sep 1824
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 45
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M at least 45, 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 muskets, swords, pistols
Narrative According to missionary L.E. Threlkeld, following the declaration of martial law in the Bathurst Disrict in August 1824, a detachment of soldiers led by Major Morisset, drove a large number of Wiradjuri people, men, women and children, into a swamp and 'all were destroyed'. 'But forty-five heads were collected and boiled down for the sake of the skulls! My informant, a Magistrate, saw the skulls packed for exportation in a case at Bathurst ready for shipment to accompany the commanding Officer on his voyage shortly afterwards taken to England.' (Gunson 1974:49) Military historian John Connor acknowledges that Morisset made no report of the entire Bathurst operation which comprised 40 soldiers from the 40th Regiment, 4 Magistrates, 6 mounted settlers and some Aboriginal guides.
Sources Gunson 1974 : 48-9, 74n.43; Christian Herald, October 14, 1854; Connor 2002: 59-61. (Sources PDF)
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