Site Name Orara River, near Seelands Clarence PD
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -29.631,152.812,0
Date Between 1 Apr 1841 and 30 Apr 1841
Attack Time Dawn
Aboriginal People Killed 20
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M more than 20, 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 Gov. Official / Settler / Stockmen
Attacker Details Oakes, Crown Lands Commissioner of Clarence Pastoral District who swore in all members of the party as special constables.
Motive Claimed the attack was to avenge a theft from Remornie station. A white man named Lynch was later charged with the theft.
Type Of Motive Reprisal property theft
Weapons Used
Narrative They surrounded a Bundjalung (Ngarabal? speakers) camp at night on horseback and at daybreak charged and killed indiscriminately Aboriginal men, women and children.
Sources SRNSW CSIL CCL 1841 4/2525; Kent 2006
Corroboration Rating ***