Site Name Goulburn River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djadjawurrung or Taungurung or Ngurai-illamwurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -36.734,145.154,0
Date Between 1 Nov 1837 and 30 Nov 1837
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M several incl. women & children 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 Settler Mundy and party
Motive none
Type Of Motive Dispersal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative Some Goulburn River Aborigines told Assistant Protector Dredge of the killing of several Daungwurrung [could be Djadjawurrung or Taungurung or Ngurai-illamwurrung speakers]. They were out hunting possum when they met Mr Mundy and party. He offered them flour, which they proceeded to make into damper. However, as they were eating, Mundy and party rode up and shot several dead, including women and children. Dredge later met Mundy who in conversation told him that he did not have trouble with the "blacks" as "he had given them such a punishing as they would not readily forget." Dredge added in his diary that "no indeed, the poor creatures have not forgotten it, they continue to breathe revengeful threats at the remembrance of his name, nor would it be a matter of surprise if, at some favourable opportunity, retributive justice overtakes the culprits."
Sources Broome 2005: 79. (Sources PDF)
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