Site Name Dourallie Creek, Upper Macleay River Valley
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -30.978,152.210,0
Date 1 Oct 1846
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 60
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M ‘about sixty’, ‘the number was substantial’, 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 Punitive expedition led by two squatters on horseback.
Motive Reprisal for taking sheep.
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Muskets
Notes
Narrative Daylight attack on Aboriginal camp where about 60 men, women and children were swimming the creek. They were all shot. Details of the massacre were given to Blomfield by Aboriginal Elder Victor Shepherd. Another account of the massacre is provided by Jack McLaren, who lived with an Aboriginal group for eight years.
Sources SMH October 20, 1846 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/1516179; Blomfield 1981: 46-7; McLaren 1946: 110
Corroboration Rating ***