Site Name Lubra Creek
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Gai wurrung or Djabwurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.946,142.505,0
Date 24 Feb 1842
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F3 - Connyer, a widow; Natgoncher who was pregnant and a widow; Wooigouing, wife of one of the men who fled; Probable: M F;Possible: M1 - child F; Wounded: 1 - woman who some days afterward died
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Settler
Attacker Details Robert Whitehead, licensee of Spring Creek station, John Beswicke, Joseph Betts, Arthur D. Boursiquot, Richard Guinness Hill, Charles Smith, and possibly two others.
Motive For sport.
Type Of Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Single-barrelled fowling piece; a horse rifle or carbine; and two pistols. The Aborigines had liangles, shields, spears, and boomerangs and other implements
Narrative On 15 May (March?) 1842, Donald McKenzie, a settler on the Stokes River, and Frederick Edinge, a hut keeper in his employ, were both murdered by some Dhauwurd wurrung [Gai wurrung or Djabwurrung speakers?] people. Koort Kirrup, the clan head of the Pallapnue gundidj people of Stokes River who lived at McKenzie's station was arrested by the Native Police Corps on 31 August 1844 and charged with the murder. He told Assistant Protector Thomas that Aborigines from South Australia and two Aborigines from Portland were the culprits. He also said that following the murders, a massacre of several Pallapnue gundidj men, women and children took place. According to G.A. Robinson nine Aborigines, (5 men and 4 women) were killed.
Sources Critchett 1990: 119; Clark ID 1995: 35-42. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***