Site Name Victoria Valley
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djabwurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.558,142.284,0
Date Between 12 Aug 1840 and 20 Aug 1840
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 23
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 23 F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed:M F;Wounded:M F
Attacker Category Settler
Attacker Details Charles and Henry Wedge, Joseph Read, Thomas Grant, William Marsh and R.W. Knowles.
Motive Reprisal for alleged stock theft.
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used
Notes
Narrative On 12 August 1840 Charles Wedge and his brothers shot ten Aborigines near the Grampians. On 28 August 1840, the Aborigines drove off nearly 1,300 sheep in the care of Colin Isaacs. A pursuit party comprising Charles and Henry Wedge, Joseph Read, Thomas Grant, William Marsh and R.W. Knowles recovered the sheep in the Victoria Valley and then killed 13 Aborigines. Assistant Protector Charles Sievwright took depositions which he presented to James Croke the Crown Prosecutor. He formed the opinion that the Aborigines had perpetrated the "outrages" and that the perpetrators had acted in self-defence.
Sources Clark ID 1995: 156-8; Orton 12 January 1841: 1840-2; Garden 1984: 17; VPRS 21. (Sources PDF)
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