Site NameVictoria Valley
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupDjabwurrung
Present State/TerritoryVIC
Colony/State/Territory at the timePPD
Police DistrictGeelong
Latitude-37.558
Longitude142.284
DateBetween 12 Aug 1840 and 20 Aug 1840
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed23
Victims Killed NotesKilled: M 23 F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsSettler(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed NotesKilled:M F;Wounded:M F
TransportHorse
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedFirearm(s)
NarrativeOn 12 August 1840, Charles Wedge and his brothers shot ten Aborigines near the Grampians. On 28 August 1840, in reprisal, ‘the Aborigines drove off nearly 1,300 of Wedge’s sheep in the care of Colin Isaacs’ (Clark, 1995, p 157). A ‘hunting party’, comprising Charles and Henry Wedge, Joseph Read, Thomas Grant, William Marsh, John Cox and R.W. Knowles, recovered the sheep in the present day Victoria Valley and then killed 13 Aborigines (Orton Papers 12 January 1841, Orton Papers 1840-1842, ML A1715). When Assistant Protector Charles Sievwright took depositions from the killers and presented them to James Croke, the Crown Prosecutor, Croke 'formed the opinion that the Aborigines had perpetrated the "outrages" and ought to be punished. He considered the killings were in self-defence.’ (Croke cited in Clark, 1995, p 157).
SourcesClark ID, 1995, pp 156-158; Orton, 12 January 1841; 1840-1842. See also: Shaw, 1996, p 130; HRA Series I vol 21, p242 . (Sources PDF)
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