Site Name Talavera Station, Maranoa Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Mandandanji or Bigambul or Wirray Wirray or Kogai
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Latitude -27.963
Longitude 148.868
Date Between 20 Jul 1849 and 31 Jul 1849
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 50
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M more than 20, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Government official, Crown Lands Commissioner, Stockman
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Firearms, carbines, bayonets, swords, pistols
Narrative William Telfer, a young stockman in the Balonne River region, recalled a stand up battle at Talavera station on the Balonne River in 1849, between a Bigumbal chief called Willari with at least 50 warriors and Crown Lands Commissioner Jack Durbin and a posse of stockmen. '...the blacks made a good stand but they were put to rout losing their Chief who was shot with about fifty others'. In the battle neither Durbin nor his posse suffered any casualties. This would suggest that the battle was probably an ambush of the Bigumbal warriors.
Sources Milliss 1980:42; Collins 2002: 20, 42-3; (Sources PDF)
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