Site Name Mount Rouse
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djab wurrung or Gai wurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Portland
Latitude -37.885
Longitude 142.303
Date Between 1 Jun 1840 and 30 Jun 1840
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 20
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M up to 40 28 August - 30 Sept - 5 (or 11 June?) 29 April 1841- 20 Total of 40 Ab killed in this series of affrays F1 - Tuurap warneen; Probable: M F; Possible: M 12 August - Wedge shot 10 more Ab near the Grampians F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Settler
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed:M F;Wounded:MWedge's shepherd F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, pistols
Narrative On 19 May 1840, overseer Patrick Codd was killed at Mount Rouse Station by five Aborigines of the Kolorer gundidj clan, [Djab wurrung or Gai wurrung speakers] and allegedly led by Tagara in retaliation for the murder of the Aboriginal warrior, Tuurap warneen. Taigara was later convicted and hanged for Codd’s murder (Critchett 1990, p. 160). Codd was overseer and bookkeeper for the Wedge Brothers at the Grange, Strathkellar, just above present day Hamilton. Five days before his death, Codd had “gone across” to Mount Rouse station to superintend the stock there during the projected absence of the overseer, James M Brock (Clark 1995, pp. 62). Charles Wedge wrote to his father JH Wedge in England about what happened after the Aborigines had killed Codd: “On the following day or soon after Codd met his death, the squatters in the neighbourhood went in pursuit of the natives; but, owing to the wetness of the season, they did not succeed in revenging themselves so far as they intended; however, I believe three or four suffered.... They [the squatters] are determined (as they pay for protection and receive none) to exterminate this hostile tribe, without such protection is given them as will enable them to live in comparative security” (Charles Wedge to JH Wedge, Enclosure in Russell to Gipps, 20 February 1841, HRA, I, xxi, p.242).
On 29 April 1841, GA Robinson was told by Captain Campbell, storekeeper at Port Fairy, “that in revenge for Codd’s death, 20 Aborigines were shot” (Robinson cited in Clark 1998b, p. 161).
Sources HRA Series I, xxi; Critchett 1990; Clark 1995; Clark 1998b. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***