Site Name Fighting Waterholes
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Wulluwurrung or Nundadjali
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Geelong
Latitude -37.491
Longitude 141.646
Date 1 Apr 1840
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 20
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 20 F; Probable: M F; Possible: M - unconfirmed F;Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Stockman
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed:M F;Wounded:M F
Transport Horse
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative Following the earlier incident at Fighting Hills, the Aborigines returned and stole a number of sheep. After unsuccessfully searching for a trail, 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. According to local historian William Moodie, 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 reservoir. In 1946, following heavy rain, a number of skulls and other bones were uncovered. It is not known what happened to them.
Sources Fyans 1842 and 1845, NSW Government Despatches, vol.51 MLA ; Memoirs of W. Moodie, typescript, copy in La Trobe Library, ms 9157; Massola 1969; Clark 1995:152-5. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***