Site Name Darkie Point, Newton Boyd, north east of Armidale New England Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -29.929,152.283,0
Date Between 1 May 1841 and 31 May 1841
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 10
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M more than 10, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F; ‘a great number’ more than ten.
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Settler / Stockmen
Attacker Details A party of ten including Eldershaw, three neighbours and six stockmen.
Motive Reprisal for Bundjalung killing 3 whites and taking 2,000 sheep
Type Of Motive Reprisal stockmen and stocktheft
Weapons Used Muskets
Notes
Narrative Following the brutal murder of 3 shepherds on Eldershaw’s outstation in the north western part of New England, Eldershaw organised a ‘pursuing party’ of ten men, ‘well mounted and accoutred’ and set off with ten days provisions for the south branch of the Clarence. According to Eldershaw they shot the entire group – a great number’ in daylight.
Sources Eldershaw 1851: 60-65; Blomfield 1981: 85-91; Elder 2005: 105-117
Corroboration Rating *