Site Name Deepwater (1), New England Pastoral District
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -29.270,151.628,0
Date 11 Sep 1842
Attack Time Night attack on camp
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 Settler / Stockmen
Attacker Details Edward and Leonard Irby, Thomas Windeyer, overseer Collins and one other on horseback and three other men on foot.
Motive To avenge the alleged loss of 205 sheep.
Type Of Motive Reprisal stocktheft
Weapons Used
Narrative A night time attack on camp of 100 Aboriginal people located between "2 terribly steep ridges, about 20 metres above a gully. We completely routed them and remained in possession of the camp and all their traps.There were 102 sheep left. We made a large fire and burned everything belonging to themÂ…. We got home at 4pm next day, well satisfied with our success."
Sources Irby 1908: 60-63
Corroboration Rating ***