Site Name Hollands Landing
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Tatungalung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Gippsland
Latitude -38.051
Longitude 147.466
Date Between 1 Dec 1842 and 31 Dec 1842
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 6
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 6 F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Settler,overseer
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, cannon
Narrative According to an account sent to Gardner by settler Ray Scott, a massacre of Kurnai people took place at Hollands Landing in late 1842, when they congregated at the site and were fired at by a cannon from a boat anchored nearby. Years later, Scott's grandfather met some Aboriginal survivors who told him of the incident. Gardner considers that following the murder of 2 shepherds at Lindenow station, 'an organised and co-ordinated drive' was organised by the owners of Lindenow and that it involved 'a boat with one of the Clonmel cannon mounted in its bow, and was probably manned by men from the Strathfieldsaye run....those driving across the land, on the west from Strathfieldsaye and the north and east from Lindenow, no doubt were directed by the "notorious" Frederick Taylor.' Carried out by Angus McMillan; John McLennan, overseer at the Heart Run; one of the Loughman brothers at Lindenow run; William Pearson, squatter of Kilmany Park; John Reeve, squatter of Snake Ridge; Captain Orr of Orr's Survey near Port Albert; R.B. Sheridan, overseer for William Odell Raymond.
Sources Gardner 2016; Dunderdale 1973 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **