Site Name Victoria Valley
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djabwurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Portland
Latitude -37.558
Longitude 142.284
Date Between 1 Aug 1840 and 31 Aug 1840
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 23
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 23 F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Settler
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed:M F;Wounded:M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative On 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). 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’ (Clark 1995, p.157).
Sources Reverend Joseph Orton Papers 1840-42, ML A1715; Clark 1995. (Sources PDF)
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