Site Name Barfold Station, Campaspe Plains
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djadjawurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Melbourne
Latitude -37.076
Longitude 144.532
Date Between 1 Jun 1838 and 30 Jun 1838
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 40
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M WC Almost entire group. One woman and child survived. F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Mounted Police
Attackers Killed 2
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M Initially two employees from Capt. Charles Hutton's Station. F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms muskets, pistols, swords
Narrative John Coppock, superintendent at W.H. Yaldwin’s Barfold Station on the Coliban River, Campaspe Plains said in a sworn statement on 29 June 1838 that on 9 June Aborigines had stolen sheep from Bowman’s and Yaldwyn’s runs (Cannon & Macfarlane 1982a, pp. 336-7). He then led a party of eight white men from both stations in search of the Aboriginal camp and the sheep. When they reached the camp ‘a shot was fired’ and the Aboriginal men ‘immediately manned their spears and gave another shout and instantly began throwing them at us. These spears dropped by us and passed as we were obliged to shelter ourselves behind trees.
‘We fired upon the blacks and there was a regular engagement for about three-quarters of an hour, when we rushed up to the fires to take possession of the place. When we got to the fires the blacks had deserted them, but we saw them about one or two hundred yards off still in possession of the sheep. It was at this time quite dark and we were afraid to make any further attempt to take the sheep. We therefore went home.
‘At the place where the blacks stood during the engagement we found seven or eight blacks dead’ (Cannon & Macfarlane 1982a, p.337).
Sources Cannon & Macfarlane 1982a. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***