Site Name Yarramanbah, Qurindi, Liverpool Plains
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Gamilaraay or Guyinbaraay
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District Maitland
Latitude -31.815
Longitude 150.379
Date Between 1 Sep 1827 and 31 Oct 1827
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 6
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 6, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F; Many more ‘skeletons were seen’ by squatter Alexander Bell.
Attackers Colonisers: Stockman/Drover
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Foot
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used muskets,swords, pistols
Narrative According to a report in 'The Monitor' newspaper, 4 August 1828, p.8, Dr Little, of Upper Hunter River, crossed the Liverpool Range 'and, on coming to a hut, found, to his horror and astonishment, the bodies of half dozen of black natives, stretched along the earth. From the putrid state of the corpses, it was evident they had been slaughtered a long time. He pressed his journey till he fell in with the white people, stock-keepers and others. He learnt from them, that a large body of blacks had suddenly made their appearance, but whether they paid their visit hostilely, or merely came in great numbers for self-protection, the stock-keepers admitted they could not tell. However, acting in concert, our people commenced a destructive fire of musquetry upon them, and the blacks presently fled. Such were the circumstances of the fight, that some of the black fugitives on being pursued, ascended the trees in hopes of escaping, whence they were brought down by the balls of the assailants.' According to Milliss 1992:78-82, at least ten stockmen were involved in the attack on an Aboriginal camp in reprisal for cattle theft. Three stockmen, ‘Captain Pike’ and two others nicknamed ‘The Barber’ and ‘The Londoner’ were ‘remarkably active’ in the affair. Milliss indicates that more Aboriginal people were killed for it took the stockmen several days to burn the bodies. Despite two letters from other settlers reporting the incident to the Colonial Secretary, the incident was not followed up.
Sources The Monitor, August 4, 1828: 8 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31760465; Milliss 1992: 78-82; SRNSW 4/1983: CSR 28/7772, Letters Received 1828; Dunn to McLeay, May 6, 1828; Sadlier to McLeay, September 19, 1828. (Sources PDF)
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