Site Name Boxes Creek
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Tatungalung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.881,147.869,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1841 and 31 Dec 1841
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 30
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 30 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 / Overseer / Stockmen
Attacker Details Angus McMillan, Dr. Arbuckle, Tom Macalister, Mc Donald, Colin McLaren, Bath, Connors, Lawrence Gilbert and two Omeo Aborigines.
Motive Reprisal for alleged stock theft
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms / spears
Narrative According to Gippsland historian Peter D. Gardiner, after Kurnai men were alleged to have speared cattle on the Avon River, a reprisal party of 12 armed settlers pursued them on horseback and after crossing the Mitchell, Nicholson and Tambo Rivers, eventually trapped them at Boxes Creek, a small inlet of Lake Victoria 'just to the east of Metung', where they were slaughtered. The story of the massacre was later told by Colin McLaren, one of the perpetrators. The others were Angus McMillan, Dr Arbuckle, Tom Macalister, Colin Macalister, Mc Donald, Bath, Conners, Lawrence, Gilbert and at least two Omeo Aborigines. According to Gardner, 'This list is by no means exhaustive, it being possible that Ronald Macalister was also an early participant.'
Sources Gardner 2001: 49-52; Gardner 2010: 3, 9. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **