Site NameGoanna Headland, Evans Head
Aboriginal Place NameDirawong
Language GroupBundjalung
Present State/TerritoryNSW
Colony/State/Territory at the timeNSW
Police DistrictGrafton
DateBetween 1 Jan 1843 and 31 Dec 1843
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed100
Victims Killed NotesKilled: M,F
Attacker DescriptionsSettler(s), Stockmen/Drover(s), Sailor(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
Weapons UsedFirearm(s), Musket(s), Pistol(s), Sword(s), Blade(s)
NarrativeFollowing the Bandjuling killing of five white men at Pelican Creek in 1843, a posse of 11 stockmen attacked a Bundjalung camp at Evans River and drove the Aboriginal people towards Goanna Headland where two schooners were sheltering from the southerly gale. The sailors on board joined in the shooting. Men, women and children were killed (Medcalf 1993, pp. 5-7). According to journalist Rory Medcalf (1993, p.7), only two children survived.
SourcesMedcalf 1993, p 5-7. (Sources PDF)
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