Site Name Reservoir (1)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djadjawurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.282,143.546,0
Date Between 1 Jul 1838 and 31 Jul 1838
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 10
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M 10 -14 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 / Overseer
Attacker Details Mr John M. Allen, overseer to Bowerman.
Motive reprisal for stock theft
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Notes After the flock was driven off the overseer recovered them and Aboriginal people were killed.
Narrative In July 1838, Henry Boucher Bowerman, at Mount Mitchell or Burnbank Station on McCallums and Doctors Creeks, had a flock of sheep driven from his run by some Aborigines. While the sheep were being recovered, between 10 and 14 Aboriginal people were shot.
Sources Cannon 1983: 643; Clark ID 1995: 89-90 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***