Site Name Tahara
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Wulluwurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.707,141.652,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1840 and 28 Feb 1840
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M 5 or > 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 and stockmen
Attacker Details Settler George Winter and employees.
Motive to drive Aborigines from sheep run.
Type Of Motive Dispersal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative At least five Aborigines were shot while attacking shepherds and carrying off some sheep. On 12 January 1841, the Reverend Joseph Orton made the following note in his diary: "The alleged cause of the attack was the aggressions of the natives. The attack of the Europeans was equally atrocious and unjustifiable, the result of which was that according to the depositions at least five natives were killed. This occurrence was on a station of Winter's who appears to have taken active part in the performance."
Sources Orton 1840-2; Robinson Papers Vol.57; Presland 1977b; Clark ID 1990a; Clark ID 1995: 25; Clark ID 1998 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***