Site Name Maiden Hills
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djadjawurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Geelong
Latitude -37.446
Longitude 143.735
Date Between 1 Feb 1839 and 28 Feb 1839
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 6
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 6 F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Settler
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed:M F;Wounded:M F
Transport Foot
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used firearms
Narrative In April 1839, Assistant Protector Charles Sievwright arrested William Allen, overseer on HB Bowerman’s Mount Mitchell pastoral run and two convict shepherds, Abraham Braybrook and John Davis at the Learmonth brothers’ station at Burrumbeet, for killing and then burning six to eight Aborigines and taking “every pain” to obliterate all traces of the bodies. According to Clark (1995, p. 92), Sievwright ‘found a small piece cranium under a piece of log’ and that William Allan’s hut had an Aboriginal skull placed over the door to his hut.
“John Davis and Abraham Braybrook were committed for trial for the killings. However, owing to the lack of corroborating evidence from white men, the attorney general [J.H. Plunkett], refused to prosecute the two men for anything other than the misdemeanour of burning the bodies” and even of that, the men were subsequently acquitted (Robinson Papers cited in Clark 1995, p. 93).
According to Chief Protector GA Robinson, the two men, ‘were not wholly cleared of guilt and the public prosecutor recommended that they be turned to the public works’. However, they were returned to Burrumbeet station where Robinson saw Braybrook on 27 February 1840 (Clark 1998a, p. 180).
Sources Clark 1995; Clark 1998a. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***