Site Name Victoria Range
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djabwurrung or Nundadjali
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Portland
Latitude -37.377
Longitude 142.253
Date Between 1 Aug 1843 and 30 Aug 1843
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 17
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M at least 6 F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: unspecified - up to 20
Attackers Colonisers: Native Police
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed:M F;Wounded:M F
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative According to Clark (1995, p. 160): ‘In August 1843, a large group of Aboriginal warriors attacked WJ Purbrick’s Koroite station on Konongwootong Creek, adjoining present day Coleraine, and drove off 180 sheep’. Captain HEP Dana, commandant of a detachment of Native Police stationed at Mt Eckersley, ‘was notified of the alleged attack and with seven native police troopers, Dana followed the Aboriginal men into the Victoria Range’ (Clark 1995, p. 161). According to the Port Phillip Gazette (1843 26 August, p. 2), in the conflict that ensued, ‘Captain Dana’s troop fired simultaneously upon the savages four or five times, seven or eight of them were shot dead on the spot, and many wounded; the remainder retreated to the scrub and it is supposed about twenty of their number have been shot in the affray’. Eight sheep were found slaughtered but the rest were recovered. According to the same article, ‘the settlers were “in perfect ecstasies”, declaring that a “real service has been done for them”‘ (Port Phillip Gazette 1843, 26 August, p. 2).
Sources Clark 1995; Port Phillip Gazette 26 August, 1843 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***