Site Name Warrigal Creek Mouth
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Brataualung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Gippsland
Latitude -38.48
Longitude 147.022
Date Between 1 Jul 1843 and 31 Jul 1843
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 25
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M F; Possible: M
Attackers Colonisers: Settler, stockmen
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed:M F;Wounded:M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, double-barrelled Purdy
Narrative In July 1843, Ronald Macalister, nephew of squatter Lachlan Macalister, was murdered by Brataualang Aborigines, near Port Albert. According to G.A. Robinson he was murdered after some depraved white men, had, in a fit of drunkenness, 'shot and killed some friendly natives.' 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 killer. The 'brigade' was 'sworn to secrecy' and they appear to have set out on a five day rampage attacking 4 Aboriginal campsites. In reviewing every known account of the rampage in 2001, Peter Gardner considers Warrigal Creek mouth was the second campsite where 25 Aboriginal people were killed. Human bones have been found at the site on several occasions.
Sources Gardner 2001: 47-61; Pepper and de Araugo 1985:24; Cannon 1990: 171; Shaw 1996:133; Bartrop 2004: 99-206. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***