Site Name Eumerella
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Tatungalung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -38.045,142.978,0
Date 18 Aug 1842
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M 3 F; Possible: M F; Wounded: several
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Overseer / Stockmen
Attacker Details Employees of James Hunter
Motive Reprisal for allegedly killing sheep by Cocknose and Jupiter and other Aborigines
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Notes Aboriginal people drove off a flock of sheep; 18th August - many sheep killed.
Narrative August 18, 1842 Eumerella Station, Hunter Brothers, Port Fairy, Western District:....on the 7th ultimo [August] a party of blacks, headed by Jupiter and Cocknose....attacked my shepherd and drove off a flock of sheep...my superintendent and several of the men ...went in pursuit of the marauders, and after a severe skirmish succeeded in recovering the property. On the 10th, the shepherds were again attacked by upwards of 150 blacks... a party of the blacks took possession of the sheep and the remainder attacked the shepherds who were in a position of great danger, but being well armed, they were ...able to keep their assailants at bay until assistance arrived, when the blacks made off, and the men obtained repossessed of the sheep. On the 18th the blacks again attacked the shepherds ... and drove of 1,014 sheep ... a party went out to recover the sheep, and they described the road as strewed with dead carcases. About eight miles [20 kms] off the station they came up with the blacks, and it was not until they had overcome a vigorous resistance, during which three of the blacks were shot, and several others wounded, that they succeeded in recovering the remainder of the sheep, 511 having been killed or destroyed. (BPP 1844: 234)
Sources BPP 1844: 234; Critchett 1990: 108, 250. (Sources PDF)
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