Site Name Loddon Junction
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Wemba Wemba
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -35.465,143.792,0
Date 1 Feb 1846
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M several F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: unspecified
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 1
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed:M F;Wounded:M F
Attacker Category Native Police
Attacker Details Party of Native Police led by William Dana
Motive reprisal for killing of William Britton and Thomas Henning
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used Spears/Firearms
Narrative On October 8, 1845, William Britton and Thomas Henning, Cowper's shepherds, failed to return to Cowper's outstation. Over the next two weeks their mutilated bodies were found. William Dana and a detachment of Native Police were sent to "pacify" the area. On the afternoon of February 1, 1846, they were riding through a swampy bed of reeds between Cowper's and Campbell's stations when they encountered a group of 200 warriors. Dana said he tried to avoid them, but was pursued on to dry ground. Two of his horses and one man were speared. Dana ordered his men to wheel around and charge. During the melee the troopers fired "one hundred rounds of ball cartridge" before the attackers retreated. "I saw several dead bodies; there must have been a great many wounded", Dana reported.
Sources Cannon 1990: 221-2 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **