Site NameMount Mitchell
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupDjadjawurrung
Present State/TerritoryVIC
Colony/State/Territory at the timePPD
Police DistrictGeelong
DateBetween 1 Jul 1838 and 31 Jul 1838
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed10
Victims Killed NotesKilled: M F; Probable: M 10 -14 F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker DescriptionsOverseer(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed NotesKilled: M F; Wounded: M F
Weapons UsedFirearm(s)
Narrative'In July 1838, Henry Boucher Bowerman, at Mount Mitchell or Burnbank Station on McCallums and Doctors Creeks,' 'had a flock of sheep driven from his run by some Aborigines. While the sheep were being recovered, between 10 and 14 Aboriginal people were shot' by Bowerman's overseer, John M Allen (Clark, 1995, p 89). This was the first of 2 massacres carried out by Allen at Bowerman's station.
SourcesLang 1847, p 132; Clark ID 1995, p 89-90. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating**