Site Name Grantham, Moreton Bay Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Yugara or Giabal
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Latitude -27.549
Longitude 152.183
Date Between 1 Oct 1841 and 31 Oct 1841
Attack Time dawn
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 6
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M more than 6, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Settler, Stockman
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets
Narrative Rogers reported a ‘standup’ battle in which 2 whites were speared and ‘several Aborigines…severely wounded’. Another report by an ex-convict however said the Yugara camp was stormed before dawn by the horsemen and that the firing continued for about half an hour but the number of Yugara killed is unknown. This battle was in response to the Yugara killing of shepherds at Mocatta’s and Somerville’s stations and attacks on James Balfour’s station at Colinton. Carried out by James ‘Cocky’ Rogers, superintendent of George Mocatta’s station, George Somerville from Tent Hill and their servants, heavily armed with muskets and on horseback.
Sources Evans 2007: 53; A. Hodgson, Report on Aboriginal Outrage, October 27, 1841, SRNSW Col.Sec. 41/9744, CSL micro 12; Moreton Bay Book of Trials, January 13, 1842, OML. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***