Site Name Tahara Station
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Wulluwurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Portland
Latitude -37.707
Longitude 141.652
Date Between 1 Dec 1840 and 31 Dec 1840
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 6
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M 5 or > F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Settler, Stockman
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F;Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, pistols
Narrative Following the killing of at least five Aborigines on George Winter’s Tahara station in late 1840 in reprisal for their allegedly attacking shepherds and carrying off some sheep, on 12 January 1841, the Reverend Joseph Orton made the following note in his diary: ‘The alleged cause of the attack was the aggressions of the natives. The attack of the Europeans was equally atrocious and unjustifiable, the result of which was that according to the depositions at least five natives were killed. This occurrence was on a station of Winter’s who appears to have taken active part in the performance’ (Orton Papers 12 January 1841).
Sources Reverend Joseph Orton Papers 1840-42, ML A 1715. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***