17 Apr 1816 - Massacre at Appin

On the early morning of 17 April 1816 at least 14 people of the Dharawal tribe were killed when James Wallis’ detachment encountered a camp at Appin near the banks of the Cataract River.

In our collection are the instructions from Governor Macquarie to Schaw, Wallis and Dawe regarding the punitive expedition, along with a copy of Captain Wallis’s journal which he kept during the expedition. We also have a copy of the report by Governor Macquarie to the Secretary of State Lord Bathurst.

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