Site Name Crampton’s Corner Massacre
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory QLD
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -28.513,150.251,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1844 and 31 Dec 1847
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 15
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M ‘No less than fifteen’, 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
Attacker Details Thomas Crampton
Motive Considered he was about to be attacked by Aboriginal men up a tree.
Type Of Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Firearms
Notes
Narrative Thomas Crampton was the first white man to occupy land near Goondiwindi in 1837 and held a working share in the Merewah run, owned by James Howe, a settler from the Hunter and the Hawkesbury. One day Crampton went to check on the cattle at Crampton’s corner and found some Aboriginal men in the tops of some trees armed with spears. He shot and killed ‘no less than fifteen blacks’ (Browne 1922:22-24; Copland 1990:18-19).
Sources Copland 1990: 17-19; Gunn nd: Letter ‘Goondiwindi and District file’ Royal Queensland Historical Society; Browne 1922: 22-4
Corroboration Rating **