Site NameMount Sturgeon Station
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupDjabwurrung
Present State/TerritoryVIC
Colony/State/Territory at the timePPD
Police DistrictPortland
Latitude-37.623
Longitude142.308
DateBetween 1 Jun 1841 and 30 Jun 1841
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed6
Victims Killed NotesKilled: M 6 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), Spear(s)
NarrativeOn July 6, 1841, Chief Protector GA Robinson was informed by Robert W Knowles, the manager of Dr Robert Martin’s Mount Sturgeon Station at the Wannon River, of a 'clash' with the Aborigines. 'Knowles said that he lost some cattle a short time since and went after them. He came to a blacks' camp' and although they told him that the bullocks had gone on, 'he nevertheless rode into the camp and they threw spears at him and his stock keeper.' (Robinson cited in Clark 1998b, p 305). Knowles was convinced they had his bullock. Robinson wrote: 'This attacking the camp of the natives under the pretence of looking after stolen property is a system that ought not to be tolerated, it is provoking hostility and would not be allowed in civilised society.' (Robinson cited in Clark 1998b, p 305). The following day, Knowles told Robinson that 'sometime earlier, Superintendent La Trobe had intended to gaol him for 'killing natives.' (Knowles cited in Clark 1998b, p 306).
SourcesClark ID 1998b, pp 305-6. (Sources PDF)
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