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Held by the State Archives of New South Wales, this is one of the first official reports of the atrocity that happened on Myall Creek station on 10 June 1838 when stockmen murdered 28 Aboriginal men, women and children.

In October 1836, William Hobbs became an overseer of Mr Henry Dangar’s three cattle stations on the Big River, one of which was on the Myall Creek (near Inverell). As the first person encountering evidence of the incident [at Myall Creek] and formally reporting it, he became one of the main Crown witnesses in the subsequent murder trials in Sydney. Seven men were eventually convicted and executed for their involvement in the massacre. It was the first time a group of white men were hanged for the murder of Aboriginal people, although the murder of an Aboriginal man by a runaway convict, 1820 had resulted in the execution of an individual (the convict John Kirby).

Hobbs subsequently had difficulty finding employment in the pastoral industry, but he was appointed Chief Constable, Wollombi and McDonald River from 1847-50, Chief Constable Windsor, 1850-64, Gaoler at Windsor 1864-65; and Gaoler at Wollongong from 6 September 1865 until his death on 8 April 1871. A copy of the original report and a transcript can be found here:

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Background story on Private William Joseph Punch, a Wiradjuri man, the sole survivor of a massacre at Bland Creek, New South Wales, in 1880 (see also Some Known Conflicts in New South Wales). Punch served in World War I, dying on 29 August 1917.

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Compiled by Jane Morrison 2012–2023. Updated April 2022, 2 October 2022, 16 November 2022, 19 April 2023, 31 May 2023, 6 September 2023, 4 October 2023, 1 February 2024, 5 April 2024.

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