A fight amongst two groups of the local Aboriginal people, the Guringia Clan of the Wonnarau Nation, occurred in February 1857 near where the Victoria Hotel stands today.
After a long standing grievance, members of the Morpeth Clan crossed the river to do battle with members of the Hinton Clan. They engaged in an intense battle while locals gathered, at a distance, to watch. Sergeant Kennedy and a Constable hurried over from Morpeth to break up the battle. When the Clans saw the Police, they stopped fighting and threw down their weapons.
Injuries – Morpeth Clan: Cracked Skull; Hinton Clan: Broken Arm.