Site Name Mt Dispersion, Murray River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Kureinji or Dadi Dadi
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District Goulburn
Latitude -34.586
Longitude 142.47
Date 27 May 1836
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 20
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M at least 7, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Explorers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets
Narrative Major Thomas Mitchell wrote to McLeay that he divided his group (exploring party) into two parties and that when they attacked, ‘the whole [Aboriginal people] betook themselves to the River – my men pursuing and shooting as many as they could. Numbers were shot in swimming across the Murray, and some even after they had reached the opposite shore, as they ascended the bank. Amongst those shot in the water was the Chief (recognised by a particular kind of cloak he wore, which floated after he went down). Thus in a very short time the usual silence of the desert prevailed on the banks of the Murray, and we pursued our journey unmolested.’
Sources Extracts from Proceedings…Relating to Major Mitchell’s Attack on Aborigines, 1836’, SRNSWCSO 4/118; The Australian, November 8, 1836 -; Mitchell 1838 vol. II: 101-2; HRA, I, xviii: 590-1; Milliss 1992: 128-136. (Sources PDF)
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