|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).