Site Name Blood Hole
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djadjawurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.210,143.875,0
Date Between 1 Dec 1839 and 31 Jan 1840
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 Settler
Attacker Details Settler Captain Dugald McLachlan and party
Motive to drive Aborigines from sheep run.
Type Of Motive Dispersal/ Reprisal
Weapons Used Plaster of Paris; firearms
Narrative Aldo Massola refers to this massacre as follows: At the end of 1839 Captain Dugald McLachlan settled at Glengower Station, on Glengower Creek, near Campbelltown, and after the usual "introductory period" during which they were employed at the station and given flour and sugar rations, the Aborigines were gradually discouraged from frequenting the run. The culminating point of this policy was then the cook, who was in charge of the rations, either under instructions from his employer or otherwise, distributed to the Aborigines a mixture of flour and Plaster of Paris. Though this was a better mixture than the arsenic given them elsewhere in Victoria, we can imagine the "damper" which resulted. The Aborigines, to whom this act was probably the last of a great many indignities, speared the cook and helped themselves to the quarters of mutton hanging from the rafters. In retribution, McLachlan and his men caught up with the Aborigines at a waterhole on Middle Creek where they were about to feast on the mutton. The Aborigines sought safety by diving into the waterhole and there they were shot, one at a time, as they came up for air. The place is still known as "The Blood-Hole" (Massola 1969:88).
Sources Massola 1969: 88; Clark ID 1995: 97. (Sources PDF)
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