Site Name Tambo Crossing
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Tatungalung or Brabralung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Gippsland
Latitude -37.498
Longitude 147.883
Date Between 1 Nov 1843 and 1 Jun 1844
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 70
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 60 F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Settler
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F;Wounded: M F
Transport Foot
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Firearms, spears/waddies.
Narrative This incident was originally reported by G.A. Robinson Report of a Journey of Two Thousand Two Hundred Miles to the Tribes of the Coast and Eastern Interior during the Year 1844, (Mackaness 1941: 13). Gippsland historian Peter Gardner re-read the report in 1996 and considered that the high number of Aboriginal deaths 'upwards of seventy', was not customary in Aboriginal society and that Robinson's statement: 'best forget the whole sale slaughter by Christians', was a clue to the organisation of the slaughter by white people. Carried out by white men assisted by Omeo and Mokellumbeets and Tinnermitum warriors (Gardner 1996:49-51).
Sources Mackaness 1941: 13; Gardner 1995: 40-51; Clark 1998d: 102. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***