Site NameFighting Waterholes
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupWulluwurrung or Nundadjali
Present State/TerritoryVIC
Colony/State/Territory at the timePPD
Police DistrictGeelong
Latitude-37.491
Longitude141.646
Date1 Apr 1840
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed20
Victims Killed NotesKilled: M 20 F; Probable: M F; Possible: M - unconfirmed F;Wounded: M F
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsStockmen/Drover(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed NotesKilled:M F;Wounded:M F
TransportHorse
MotiveOpportunity
Weapons UsedFirearm(s)
NarrativeAs reported in Clark (1995, 152), after the massacre at Fighting Hills on 8 March 1840, the Aborigines returned to the Whyte Brothers’ Konongwootong station a month later, and stole 'a number of sheep'. After unsuccessfully searching for a trail, 'to teach the Aborigines a lesson', the Whyte brothers and their stockmen separated…The Whytes rode to the nearest station to 'drown their disappointment' and the station hands, including Henry Skilton, William Fox, and two others, Henry and Bassett, 'returned to the home station. En route they passed the waterholes at which were camped some old men, women and children. They shot the entire camp' (Clark 1995, p 153). According to local historian ER Trangmar, 'the bodies of those killed at the Fighting Waterholes were buried in a mass grave on the bank of the overflow creek, below the present embankment of the Koonongwootong reservoir. In 1946, following heavy rain, a number of skulls and other bones were uncovered’ (Trangmar 1956, p 8).
SourcesClark 1995, p 152-5; Trangmar, 1956, p 8. (Sources PDF)
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