Dictionary of Sydney

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Appin massacre

Massacre of 14 members of the Dharawal people which occurred in 1816 when Governor Lachlan Macquarie ordered a punitive expedition to round up Aboriginal people thought to be responsible for conflict with settlers to the area.

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Date of event
17 Apr 1816

Appin massacre

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As white settlement spread across the Cumberland Plain, dispossession lead to violence and assaults culminating in the events near Appin in 1816.