Site Name Bogan River beyond Mt Harris
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Ngiyampaa
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District Wellington
Latitude -31.562
Longitude 147.177
Date Between 1 Oct 1841 and 31 Oct 1841
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 12
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M than12, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers
Attackers Killed 3
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, swords
Narrative After Ngiyampa killed Robert Roach, William Moreton and Abraham Fearnham in October 1841, after being sent by William Lee's overseer Andrew Kerr to establish a new station on the Bogan River beyond Mr Harris and against instructions to leave the water for the Ngiyampaa, a detachment of Mounted Police based at Bathurst and led by Corporal Reilly in the absence of Lt Nicholson, and with the assistance of squatter Joseph Moulder, William Carr (stockman on squatter William Lee's run at the Bogan River), Andrew Kerr and other stockmen, avenged the deaths of the three men by killing 12 Ngiyampa and arresting three of the alleged killers, one of whom escaped. CLC William Allman investigated the case and charged the two Ngiyampa men with murder, brought them before the Circuit Court in March 1842, and secured their discharge for lack of evidence. Allman recommended that Lee's pastoral lease be withdrawn and not renewed and Governor Gipps agreed. Outraged that a settler of Lee's standing should be treated in this way, a group of settlers at Bathurst petitioned Gipps to restore Lee's licence. The matter was raised by James Macarthur in the NSW Legislative Council on 22 August 1842 and in the debate on 23 August, Gipps justified his decision on the grounds that Lee had failed to observe instructions not to squat on the Bogan river and to leave water for the Ngiyampa. The debate was reported in full in the SMH on August 24.
Sources SMH August 24, 1842 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/3858885; Mitchell 1848: 30; Reece 1974:51; Muir 2014: 39 (Sources PDF)
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