Site Name Mt Mitchell Station
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djadjawurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Geelong
Latitude -37.282
Longitude 143.546
Date Between 1 Jul 1838 and 31 Jul 1838
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 10
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M 10 -14 F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Settler
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative In July 1838, Henry Boucher Bowerman, of Burnbank Station at Mount Mitchell ‘had a flock of sheep driven from his run by some Aboriginal people. While the sheep were being recovered, between ten and 14 Aboriginal people were shot’ by Bowerman’s overseer, John M Allen (Clark 1995, p. 89). This was the first of two massacres carried out by Allen at Bowerman’s station.
In 1846, the Rev. John Dunmore Lang visited the area and was told that in ‘July 1838, about fourteen men, names unknown, [were] shot by a party of men from Bowman’s, Edben’s and Yaldwyn’s statons, in recovering a flock of sheep’ (Lang 1847, p.132).
Sources Lang 1847; Clark 1995. (Sources PDF)
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