Site Name Mount Rouse
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djab wurrung or Gai wurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.885,142.303,0
Date 11 Jun 1840
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 40
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M up to 40 28 August - 30 Sept - 5 (or 11 June?) 29 April 1841- 20 Total of 40 Ab killed in this series of affrays F1 - Tuurap warneen; Probable: M F; Possible: M 12 August - Wedge shot 10 more Ab near the Grampians F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed:M F;Wounded:MWedge's shepherd F
Attacker Category Settler
Attacker Details Charles Wedge and squatters in the region.
Motive Reprisal for killing of overseer Patrick Codd
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used
Notes Aboriginal people stole 200 sheep; killed a horse and a milch cow. Retaliatory murder of Codd for the murder of Tuurap Warneen at Mount Rouse station.
Narrative On 19 May 1840, Patrick Codd was killed at Mount Rouse Station by five Aborigines of the Kolorer gundidj clan, [Djab wurrung or Gai wurrung speakers?] led by Figara, alias Roger the Russian, in retaliation for the murder of the Aboriginal woman, Tuurap Warneen. Codd was overseer and bookkeeper for the Wedge Brothers at the Grange, Strathkellar, just above Hamilton. Five days before his death, Codd had "gone across" to Mount Rouse station to superintend the stock there during the projected absence of the overseer, James M. Brock. Charles Wedge reported what happened after the Aborigines had killed Codd: "On the following day or soon after Codd met his death, the squatters in the neighbourhood went in pursuit of the natives; but, owing to the wetness of the season, they did not succeed in revenging themselves so far as they intended; however, I believe three or four suffered.... They [the squatters] are determined to exterminate this hostile tribe, without such protection is given them as will enable of Wedge's sheep them to live in comparative security. (Cannon 1982: xxi). On 11 June 1840, Wedge and his party killed at least 5 Aborigines. On 29 April 1841, G.A. Robinson was told by Captain Campbell of Port Fairy that in revenge for Codd's death, 20 Aborigines had been shot.
Sources BPP 1844: 281; Brough Smyth 1878: 40; Billis & Kenyon 1974: 148; Cannon 1982: xxi; Clark ID 1998b: 161; Bride 1983: 294; Clark ID 1995: 62-3, 156-8. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***