Site Name Darkie Point, Bellingen River, New England Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Baanbay
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Latitude -30.441
Longitude 152.417
Date Between 1 May 1841 and 31 May 1841
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 10
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M more than 10, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F; ‘a great number’ more than ten.
Attackers Colonisers: Settler, Stockman
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets
Narrative Following the brutal murder of 3 shepherds on Eldershaw’s outstation in the north eastern part of New England (and the taking of 2000 sheep by Bundjalung), Eldershaw organised a ‘pursuing party’ of ten men (including Eldershaw, three neighbours and six stockmen), ‘well mounted and accoutred’ and set off with ten days provisions for the south branch of the Clarence. According to Eldershaw they shot the entire group – 'a great number’ in daylight.
Sources Eldershaw 1851: 60-65; Blomfield 1981: 85-91; Elder 2005: 105-117 (Sources PDF)
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