6.03 Abduction, Rape and Robbery at Laguna

This article details an event that occurred in 1834 near Laguna that horrified the few European women living in the Wollombi Valley. A group of Aboriginal males came to the hut of John and Sarah Lynch. Their servant Margaret Hanshall was gang raped at gun point by the whole group. Life in the isolated regions of the colony was frightening for women who heard of such instances. The two leaders of the Aboriginal group were sentenced to execution.