Site NameGammon Creek, Gippsland
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
DateBetween 15 Jul 1843 and 31 Jul 1843
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed25
Victims Killed NotesKilled: M F C; Probable: M F C; Possible: .
Attacker DescriptionsSettler(s), Stockmen/Drover(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed NotesKilled:M F;Wounded:M F
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. 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 Gardner considers that Gammon Creek was the last site in the rampage that took place over five days and that 25 Kurnai were slaughtered at Gammon Creek and human remains were 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'. (Gardiner, 2001, p 59)
SourcesGardner 2001, p 47-61. See also Pepper and de Araugo 1985, p 24; Cannon 1990, p 171; Shaw 1996, p 133; Bartrop 2004, p 199-205. (Sources PDF)
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