Site Name King River, above Oxley Plains
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -36.520,146.391,0
Date Between 1 Dec 1841 and 28 Feb 1842
Attack Time daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 200
Aboriginal People Killed Notes MWC
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed M:
Attacker Category Stockmen& shperherds
Attacker Details 18 Stockmen & shepherds
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative According to James Howard, aged 83 in 1883,he was a shepherd on George Faithfull's run at Oxley Plains in 1841 when the 'blacks played sad havoc' with Faithfull's cattle and sheep, whereupon 18 stockmen, shepherds, and hut keepers turned out, mounted and armed, and 'fell upon the blacks in camp on the bank of the King above Oxley, and massacred them. About 200 were killed on the spot, and others were pursued miles up the river, until all, with one or two expections were exterminated.' Howard said there were about 300 Aborignal people in all. Howard relayed the incident to a journalist from the Argus in 1883.
Sources Sayers1969:217-222; Argus, September 13 1883:9 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **