Site Name Butcher's Creek, Barwon River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Pooncarie/Parkantyi
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -29.952,146.840,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1841 and 31 Dec 1841
Attack Time Daylbreak
Aboriginal People Killed 30
Aboriginal People Killed Notes MWC
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 2
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Attacker Category stockmen
Attacker Details
Motive Reprisal for killing 2 stockman
Type Of Motive 2 stockmen
Weapons Used swords, pistols. muskets, stirrup
Notes
Narrative After two stockmen abducted Aboriginal women for sex, they were killed by Aboriginal men who mutilated their bodies, set fire to their hut. They then speared several cattle and roasted one of them. The smoke attracted other stockmen who charged and drove the Aboriginal people towards their camp on the Barwon R and shot 30 men, women and children. 'The skulls showing the ball marks were visible for years after'.
Sources Dargin 1976:51-2: Thomas 2012:382-6 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***