Site Name Appin
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -34.230,150.742,0
Date 17 Apr 1816
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 14
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 14, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Military
Attacker Details Captain James Wallis and a detachment of the 46th Regiment on foot.
Motive Reprisal settler
Type Of Motive Reprisal settler
Weapons Used Muskets and swords.
Notes
Narrative In early morning a party of the 46th Regiment led by Captain James Wallis ‘came across an Aboriginal camp on the cliffs above a creek. Wallis ordered his troops into a line and advanced into the moonlight, killing seven Aborigines…. Wallis did not send any men around the camp to cut off people fleeing the advancing line and a further seven “met their fate by rushing in despair over the precipice”. Two women and three men were captured. The bodies of two men, Durelle and Kanabygal, were hauled from the creek and hung on McGee’s Hill near Boughton’s farm.’ (Connor 2002:51)
Sources Wallis to Macquarie, May 4, June 4, 1816, ML A773; NLA mfm G27296
Corroboration Rating ***