Site Name Mt Eccles
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Dhauwurd wurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Portland
Latitude -38.086
Longitude 141.912
Date Between 1 Jul 1847 and 31 Jul 1847
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 30
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M more than 30 people, including babies 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 Horse
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative According to A Broughton, the historian of the Mills Family in the Western District, in 1847, ‘a group of settlers guided by a “half-civilised” Aborigine are purported to have launched a surprise attack on a camp of Aboriginal people at Mount Eccles, a favourite Aboriginal “guerrilla base”, killing more than 30 people and sparing not even babies’ (Broughton 1980, p. 32). In his journal for 2 September 1847, GA Robinson, said he was “read a letter by the Crown Prosecutor, Mr Croke, about an armed party that ‘came upon’ an Aboriginal camp at Mt Eccles and called on the natives to surrender and then fired....in self-defence ... Two blacks were killed, shot dead”. The letter said, “I am not aware or whether there were more killed and wounded” (Robinson cited in Clark 2000, p. 172). The two different accounts of the same incident would suggest that the letter that reached Croke was a coverup and that the later account by Broughton was more accurate.
Sources Broughton 1980; Clark 1995; Clark 2000. (Sources PDF)
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