Site Name Burrumbeep
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Pirtpirtwurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.390,142.836,0
Date Between 1 Nov 1840 and 30 Nov 1840
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 7
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M1 to 3 F1 + 2 2; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 1
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 1 F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Settler
Attacker Details Horatio Wills, William Kirk, Andrew Rutter plus overseer, A.T. Thompson, Capt. R.H. Bunbury, Capt. R. Briggs ? settlers or overseers.
Motive Reprisal for alleged killing of hutkeeper
Type Of Motive Dispersal
Weapons Used
Narrative In July 1841, Chief Protector G.A. Robinson, on a tour of the region, heard that in November 1840, the hutkeeper employed by Horatio Spencer Wills, lessee of Lexington, La Rose and Moekpilly Stations, was killed by three Aboriginal men in revenge for killing a Wurrung or Jardwadjali [Pirtpirtwurrung speakers?] Aboriginal man and an Aboriginal woman. Wills, William Kirk, lessee at Burrumbeep station, and Andrew Rutter, his overseer, then attacked the Aboriginal camp and shot two women and their infants "left without milk". At about the same time, Wills, A.T. Thompson, Capt. R. H. Bunbury and Capt. R. Briggs, the lessees of other nearby stations, shot another three Aboriginal men and two women. Another report by Assistant Protector E.S. Parker suggests that a further three Aboriginal men were also shot by three other employees at Kirk's station. In all ten Aboriginal people were killed by squatters in this region at this time. It is possible that all three incidents were part of the same killing spree.
Sources Clark ID 1995: 73, 77; Clark ID 1998b: 316-336 (Sources PDF)
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