Site Name Lake Curlip
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Tatungalung or Krauatungulung
Colony VIC
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.746,148.563,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1850 and 31 Dec 1850
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 15
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 15 to 20 people 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 Stockmen / Native Police
Attacker Details Tom, Billy and Jack Johnstone, Jack Dye and Charles Hammond and perhaps Native Police.
Motive revenge for killing Dan Dempsey station cook
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Notes In response to murder of station cook, Dan Dempsey - a counter reprisal for arsenic laced flour.
Narrative Following the Aboriginal killing of station cook, Dan Dempsey, near the Snowy River, possibly for lacing a gift of flour for the Aborigines with arsenic, the three Simpson brothers, Tom, Billy and Jack, Tom Johnstone, Jack Dye and Charlies Hammond went in search of the Aborigines and were known to have killed 15-20 of them. The massacre took place on the banks of the Broadribb River a few miles south-east of the present town of Orbost. Gardner also believes that the Native Police may have also been involved. A number of Aborigines including Harry Darramungie, possibly survived this massacre.
Sources Gardiner 2001: 82-5; Broome 2005: 81. (Sources PDF)
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