Site Name Crawford River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Dhauwurd wurrung or Wulluwurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Portland
Latitude -37.929
Longitude 141.54
Date Between 1 Sep 1843 and 30 Sep 1843
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 9
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M at least 9 F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Native Police
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed:M F;Wounded:M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative Christopher Bassett, lessee of Bassett’s Station at the head of the Crawford River, was killed by Aboriginal people in August 1843, and ‘carried off 200’ sheep (Clark 1995, p. 46). A month later, HEP Dana, Commandant of the Native Police Corps, led a detachment of native police, accompanied by David Edgar of the adjoining Fitzroy River run and set off in pursuit of the alleged killers. They ‘came upon the party near the edge of the great swamp’ (Clark 1995, p. 46) while searching for Martha Ward, two year old daughter of Abraham Ward, the licensee of the Travellers’ Rest Hotel in Branxholme. ‘In two separate encounters with these Aborigines, they shot at least nine’ (Clark 1995, p. 46).
Sources Clark 1995. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***