Site Name Woodlands
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Knenknenwurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Portland
Latitude -37.149
Longitude 143.098
Date Between 1 Jun 1841 and 25 Jul 1841
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 7
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M F; Possible: M 6 to 7 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 John Francis, manager of W.J.T. Clarke’s run at Woodlands, is said to have shot six or seven Aborigines. Clarke later wrote that the Aborigines had been “defiant” and had killed numbers of his sheep, “destroying them wantonly and slaughtering them for their support”, but as historian A.G.L. Shaw points out, “Francis was a man who often had trouble with Aborigines, and as he was later killed by a white shepherd, it is possible he was hot-tempered and ‘defiant’ himself.” W.J.T. Clarke later said “a number of blacks, I am sorry to say, were shot”. Critchett lists the names of seven Aborigines who were shot by Francis.
Sources Critchett 1990: 248; Shaw 1996: 130,134. (Sources PDF)
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