Site Name Tarrone Station, October 1842
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Bi:gwurrung or Koornkopanoot
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Portland
Latitude -38.215
Longitude 142.228
Date Between 1 Oct 1842 and 31 Oct 1842
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 9
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M9 F9 + 6 children; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: several
Attackers Colonisers: Settler
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Foot
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Poison, arsenic
Narrative According to Clark (1995, pp. 43-44): ‘In October 1842, Dr John Watton, medical officer in charge of Mt Rouse protectorate station, investigated a case of alleged poisoning at James Kilgour’s station’ at Tarrone, 19 kilometres north of Port Fairy, where three Aboriginal men, three women and three children had died from poisoning. Watton reported to Chief Protector GA Robinson, that “it appears that the then overseer, Mr Robinson had sent away into the bush to some natives ... a quantity of what was supposed to be flour. Of this they partook, and were immediately seized with burning pains in the stomach, vomiting, sinking of the abdomen and intense thirst (which are the symptoms usually produced by arsenic); on the following morning three men, three women and three children were dead” (Watton cited in Clark, 1995, p. 44). ‘The bodies were burned, and Watton could not find any white witnesses. Despite the fact that Watton established that Robinson had received a large quantity of arsenic just before the incident, there was not enough proof to convict Robinson or his associates’ (Clark 1995, p. 44). ‘On March 17, 1843, Superintendent La Trobe informed the Colonial Secretary of the reported poisoning at Kilgour’s station, noting that attempts to discover the responsible parties had proved ineffective’ (Clark 1995, pp. 44-45).
Sources Clark 1995. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **