Site Name Hollands Landing
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Tatungalung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -38.051,147.466,0
Date Between 1 Dec 1842 and 31 Dec 1842
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 6 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
Attacker Details Angus McMillan; John McLennan, overseer at the Heart Run; one of the Loughman brothers at Lindenow run; William Pearson, squatter of Kilmany Park; John Reeve, squatter of Snake Ridge; Captain Orr of Orr's Survey near Port Albert; R.B. Sheridan, overseer f
Motive retaliation for killing of shepherd by Aborigines
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms and ship's cannon
Narrative According to an account sent to Gardner by settler Ray Scott, a massacre of Aborigines took place at Hollands Landing in late 1842, when they congregated at the site and were fired at by a cannon from a ship anchored nearby. Years later, Scott's grandfather met some Aboriginal survivors who told him of the incident. It appears to have taken place during the trip by the surveying party who were in boats that may have been part of the remains of the wreck of the Clonmel and carried overland from Port Albert by bullock dray or built on McMillan's station as implied by Dunderdale. Gardner considers that following the murder of a shepherd at Lindenow station, 'an organised and co-ordinated drive' was organised by the owners of Lindenow and that it involved 'a boat with one of the Clonmel cannon mounted in its bow, and was probably manned by men from the Strathfieldsaye run....those driving across the land, on the west from Strathfieldsaye and the north and east from Lindenow, no doubt were directed by the "notorious" Frederick Taylor.'
Sources Gardner 2016; Dunderdale 1973 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **