Site Name Orara River, near Seelands
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Ngarabal?
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District Clarence Pastoral District
Latitude -29.631
Longitude 152.812
Date Between 1 Apr 1841 and 30 Apr 1841
Attack Time dawn
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 20
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M more than 20, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Government official, Settler, Stockman
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, carbines, blades, cutlasses
Narrative In response to stock theft from Ramornie station, CLC Oakes of Clarence PD swore in stockmen as special constables to surround a Bundjalung (Ngarabal? speakers) camp at night and at daybreak charged and killed indiscriminately Aboriginal men, women and children. A man named Lynch was later charged with the stock theft.
Sources SRNSW CSIL CCL 1841 4/2525; Kent 2006. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***