Site Name Gammon Creek, Gippsland
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Brataualung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Gippsland
Latitude -38.495
Longitude 147.039
Date Between 15 Jul 1843 and 31 Jul 1843
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 25
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M F C; Probable: M F C; Possible: .
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. An avenging party of 20 horsemen, known as 'The Highland Brigade' was organised by Angus McMillan, Lachlan Macalister's former overseer, to look for the killer. The 'brigade' was 'sworn to secrecy'. In reviewing every known account of the massacre in 2001, Peter Gardiner considers that Gammon Creek was the last in the rampage and that 25 Kurnai were slaughtered and human bones later found. In all 150 Kurnai were killed in the 5 day rampage across 4 sites. The rampage would fit the criteria of 'genocidal massacre'.
Sources Gardner 2001: 47-61; Pepper and de Araugo 1985: 24; Cannon 1990: 171; Shaw 1996: 133: Bartrop 2004: 99-208. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***