Site Name Barmah Lake
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Barababaraba or Jabulajabula or Yorta Yorta
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Murray
Latitude -35.951
Longitude 144.959
Date Between 1 Feb 1843 and 28 Feb 1843
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 26
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M 1 F; Possible: M F; Wounded: several
Attackers Colonisers: Native Police
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed:M F;Wounded:MDana - speared in the thigh; F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, spears
Narrative In December 1842, Aboriginal men in the Barmah Lake region on the Murray River stole some sheep from Moira station leased by EM Curr and in late January 1843, Commandant Henry Dana, and a detachment of Native Police were deployed to patrol the area. According to Curr ([1889] 1965, p. 93), on I February, Dana proposed that ‘his four black troopers would … protect Moira homestead, while he and three white NCOs would attempt to seize the tribe’s leaders.’ Curr continues: ‘Dana succeeded in enticing many of the blacks from their reed-bed shelter’ (Curr [1889] 1965, p. 93).
A year later, on 5 January 1844, a man called Allan, called at GA Robinson’s office in Melbourne and told him ‘that a number of men also women were shot by Dana’s party at the Murry [sic] and children were knocked on the head with carrabines [sic]. They first sent out a party to look for the natives and then went and planted themselves in a scrub and sent two or three troopers to round or drive them like sheep to be large party carrelled [sic]; then they commenced firing and shot some of them in the river. Dana told me he had a brush with the natives. He went to the Murry [sic] by the Campaspe and returned said 20 men, one woman, five children were shot’ (Allan cited in Clark 1998d, p. 2).
Sources Curr [1889] 1965; Clark 1998d. (Sources PDF)
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