Site Name Bathurst Plains
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -33.543,149.588,0
Date 31 May 1824
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M at least 6, 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 Stockmen
Attacker Details Stockmen William Clark, John Nicholson, Henry Castle, John Crear, on horseback armed with four muskets and a sword.
Motive Reprisal stockman.
Type Of Motive Reprisal stockman
Weapons Used Muskets and swords.
Narrative ‘After Wiradjuri speared a stockman, five of the victim’s workmates, John Johnston, William Clark, John Nicholson, Henry Castle and John Crear, asked their overseer, William Lane for weapons and horses. They rode out armed with four muskets and a sword, but returned that evening claiming they had not seen any Aborigines. The discovery two weeks later of three bodies led to the men’s admission that they had killed them in a skirmish with thirty spear-wielding warriors. The five men were charged with manslaughter and found not guilty, though Saxe Bannister, the NSW attorney-general, wondered why, if they had truly fought a group of men, the bodies found were of three women.’ (Connor: 2002:57-60)
Sources Cox and others to Brisbane, June 3, 1824, NLA mfm N 257 Reel 6065: SRNSW CSO 4/1779; William Lawson Junior to Nelson Lawson, June 14, 1824, Lawson, Old Ironbark, p.37; Connor 2002: 57-60
Corroboration Rating ***