Site Name Mount Sturgeon Station
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djabwurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.623,142.308,0
Date Between 1 Jun 1841 and 30 Jun 1841
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 6 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 Robert W. Knowles
Motive
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms / spears
Notes Knowles went to find some missing cattle. He reported the Aboriginal people had one of his bullocks.
Narrative On July 6, 1841, Robert W. Knowles, the manager of Dr Robert Martin’s Mount Sturgeon Station, informed G.A. Robinson of a “clash” with the Aborigines. Robinson reported the incident in his journal: Knowles said that he lost some cattle a short time since and went after them. He came to a blacks camp and they threw spears at him and his stock keeper. He thought they had his bullock. This attacking the camp of the natives under the pretence of looking after stolen property is a system that ought not to be tolerated, it is provoking hostility and would not be allowed in civilised society. The following day, Knowles told Robinson how, sometime earlier, Superintendent La Trobe had intended to gaol him for “killing natives”.
Sources Clark ID 1995: 72. (Sources PDF)
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