As European occupation spread further inland, settlers were now a long way from any government supervision.
In northern New South Wales, on 10 June 1838, approximately 28 men, women and children were murdered by 12 stockmen. The murderers dismembered their bodies and two days later came back to burn them to try to hide the evidence. This was the only case where white men were charged with the murder and, in this case after two trials, found guilty. Seven of them were hanged.