Site Name Broken River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djadjawurrung or Taungurung or Ngurai-illamwurrung or Waywurru
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -36.522,145.967,0
Date Between 1 Apr 1838 and 30 Apr 1838
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 Settlers / Stockmen
Attacker Details Employees of George Faithfull and Col White, settlers
Motive Retaliation for killing 7 white men
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Notes Smyth feared a great slaughter if the party met with Aboriginal people. No record of outcome.
Narrative Following the killing of 7 shepherds and stockmen employed of William Pitt Faithfull, at Benalla, in April 1838, a detachment of three mounted police led by Lieutenant George Smyth set off in search of the culprits but without success. At this point George Faithfull and Colonel White 'highly exasperated' mounted a reprisal. 'A large combined party of heavily armed men' set off for Broken River. Smyth wrote that he 'feared a great slaughter' if the party met with the Aborigines. There is no record of the outcome.
Sources Cannon 1982: 313. (Sources PDF)
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