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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The ongoing dispossession of the Aboriginal people who lived on the Cumberland Plain by white settlers lead to ongoing violence and assaults. The government ordered reprisals by the military included the massacre of at least 14 Aboriginal people near Appin in 1816.