Site Name Boney Point
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Gunnai or Tatungalung or Braiakaulung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -38.044,147.267,0
Date Between 1 Oct 1840 and 31 Oct 1840
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 15
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 15 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 / Stockmen
Attacker Details Squatter Angus McMillan and stockmen.
Motive Reprisal for alleged stock theft
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative In October 1840, squatter Augustus McMillan brought down cattle from Numblamungie to the stock run at Nuntin. He left his men in charge there and on his return some weeks later they told him that the Aborigines (the Kurnai) had scattered the stock and attacked them. McMillan gathered his stockmen together, and massacred any Kurnai [possibly Gunnai or Tatungalung or Braiakaulung speakers] at Boney Point on the confluence of the Avon and Perry Rivers. McMillan admitted to this incident in a letter to Lieutenant Governor La Trobe on August 25, 1853. When G.A. Robinson travelled through this area in 1844, he saw many human bones and skulls. Historian P. D. Gardner considers that there were possibly two massacres and that at least 15-20 Aborigines were killed.
Sources SH December 28 -, 1840; Bride 1983: 210; Pepper and de Araugo 1985: 18; Gardner 2001: 44-9. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***