Site Name Dourallie Creek, Upper Macleay River Valley
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Dhanggati
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District Port Macquarie
Latitude -30.978
Longitude 152.21
Date 1 Oct 1846
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 60
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M ‘about sixty’, ‘the number was substantial’, 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 Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets
Narrative Daylight attack on Aboriginal camp led by two squatters on horseback (in retaliation for taking sheep) where about 60 men, women and children were swimming in the creek. They were all shot. Details of the massacre were given to Blomfield by Aboriginal Elder Victor Shepherd. Another account of the massacre is provided by Jack McLaren, who lived with an Aboriginal group for eight years.
Sources SMH October 20, 1846 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/1516179; Blomfield 1981: 46-7; McLaren 1946: 110 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***