Site Name Bluff Rock New England Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Marbal or Ngarbal
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District Armidale
Latitude -29.163
Longitude 152.003
Date 17 Oct 1844
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 10
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 10-20, 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 In daylight Edward Irby and Thomas Windeyer and Connor and Weaver (the latter two being servants of Windeyer) chased and then lost and then came upon, more by chance than by skill, a group of Bundjalung or Ngarabal (Marbal or Ngarbal speakers?) sheltering beneath the very rocks Irby and Windeyer found themselves upon. Irby and Windeyer lay on the rocks and began firing at the people below, knowing that their fire would bring up Connor and Weaver who joined the slaughter. This was in retaliation for killing of shepherd named Robinson, employee of Irby Brothers, lessees of Bolivia station.
Sources Irby 1908: 77, 90; Schlunke 2005: 59-60; Walker, 1966: 30 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***