Site NameWarrigal Creek Mouth
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupBrataualung
Present State/TerritoryVIC
Colony/State/Territory at the timePPD
Police DistrictGippsland
Latitude-38.086
Longitude146.67
DateBetween 1 Jul 1843 and 31 Jul 1843
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim Descriptions
Victims Killed25
Victims Killed NotesKilled: M F; Probable: M F; Possible: M
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsSettler(s), Stockmen/Drover(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed NotesKilled:M F;Wounded:M F
TransportHorse
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedFirearm(s), Double-barrelled Purdey(s)
NarrativeIn July 1843, Ronald Macalister, nephew of squatter Lachlan Macalister, was killed by Brataualang Aborigines, near Port Albert. According to Aboriginal Protector GA Robinson he 'was murdered after some depraved white men, had, in a fit of drunkenness, shot and killed some friendly natives.' (Robinson, 1844 cited in Gardner, 2001 47-61) An avenging party of 20 horsemen, known as 'The Highland Brigade' was organised by Angus McMillan, Ronald Macalister's former overseer, to look for the killers. The "Brigade" was 'sworn to secrecy' and they appear to have set out on a five day rampage attacking four Aboriginal campsites. (Gardner, 2001, pp 53-7) In reviewing every known account of the rampage Gippsland historian Peter Gardner considers Warrigal Creek Mouth was the second campsite where 25 Aboriginal people were killed and that human remains have been found at the site on several occasions. (Gardner, 2001, pp.53-7)
SourcesGardner 2001, p 47-61. See also Pepper and de Araugo 1985, p 24; Cannon 1990, p 171; Bartrop 2004, p 199-206. (Sources PDF)
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