Site Name Crampton’s Corner, Maranoa Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Gawambaraay or Bigambul?
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District St George
Latitude -28.513
Longitude 150.251
Date Between 1 Jan 1844 and 31 Dec 1847
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 15
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M ‘No less than fifteen’, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Settler
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Repeating rifle
Narrative Thomas Crampton was the first white man to occupy land near Goondiwindi in 1837 and held a working share in the Merewah run, owned by James Howe, a settler from the Hunter and the Hawkesbury. One day Crampton went to check on the cattle at Crampton’s corner and found some Aboriginal men in the tops of some trees armed with spears. He shot and killed ‘no less than fifteen blacks’ (Browne 1922:22-24; Copland 1990:18-19).
Sources Copland 1990: 17-19; Gunn nd: Letter ‘Goondiwindi and District file’ Royal Queensland Historical Society; Browne 1922: 22-4 (Sources PDF)
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