Site Name Pyalong Station: Goulburn River: Mundy Massacre
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Taungurung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Melbourne
Latitude -36.734
Longitude 145.154
Date Between 1 Nov 1837 and 30 Nov 1837
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 6
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M several incl. women & children F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F. At least 6 killed probably more than 10.
Attackers Colonisers: Settler, stockmen
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, pistols
Narrative After Fitzherbert Mundy and his partner Smyth established the first pastoral station on Taungurong land in 1837, the drought began and they were harassed by the Taungurang demanding food. Mundy gave the Taungurong flour and according to Bassett, 'whilst they were baking it, he and his men rode down upon them, shooting as many as they could. One of the survivors, Bulgertheroon, subsequently told the story of the Mundy Massacre to the Assistant Protector of the Aborigines, James Dredge. Dredge also heard corroborative evidence of the massacre from Mundy himself and duly confided in his diary that he would not be surprised, "if at some favourable opportunity retributive justice overtakes the culprits".'(Bassett 1989:26)
Sources Dredge Papers 8 Dec 1839: Bassett 1989: 26; Broome 2005: 79. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **