Site Name Darlington Station
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djadjawurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.149,144.446,0
Date Between 1 Jun 1838 and 31 Aug 1838
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 13
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M 13 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 Stockmen
Attacker Details Captain Sylvester Brown's employees
Motive Reprisal for stock theft
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative On 23 July 1839, in conversation with Thomas B. Alexander, agent for Captain Sylvester Brown at Darlington Station, James Dredge, Assistant Protector of the Aborigines in the region, was informed that in the winter of 1838, the Aborigines took away a flock of between 800 and 900 sheep, and that when Alexander's men located them, 13 Aborigines were shot before the sheep were recovered.
Sources Clark ID 1995: 89; Dredge July 23, 1839, SLV ms 5244. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **