Darkinung Aborigines retreat into the ranges to Putty after a killing at Greig’s farm “Craytonshaw”. T after one of the “outrages committed by the Natives of the Hunter River district that Governor Darling reported to Earl Bathurst during 1826. After killing two white men on Greig’s farm, the perpetrators together with other “Wallumbi Natives” including women return towards Richmond. This is a period when Aborigines are randomly shot by isolated shepherds. A ‘punitive party’ of soldiers despatched from Windsor, attack a friendly group of Aborigines who are not involved and shoot Aborigines in the vicinity of Putty. It does not report the casualties it achieves (Despatch to Earl Bathurst 6 October 1826 in HRA vol 12; Magistrates Report in Ford 437, 456-7).