Site Name Deepwater (1), New England Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Guyambal or Ngarabul or Marbal
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District New England
Latitude -29.27
Longitude 151.628
Date 11 Sep 1842
Attack Time night
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 20
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M at least 20, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F20
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 Irby recorded a night time attack on a camp of 100 Aboriginal people located between "2 terribly steep ridges, about 20 metres above a gully. We completely routed them and remained in possession of the camp and all their traps. There were 102 sheep left. We made a large fire and burned everything belonging to them. We got home at 4pm next day, well satisfied with our success." Carried out by Edward and Leonard Irby, Thomas Windeyer, overseer Collins and one other on horseback and three other men on foot. Carried out in reprisal for the killing of a stockman.
Sources Irby 1908: 60-63 (Sources PDF)
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