Site Name The Slaughterhouse
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Tatungalung or Brabralung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Gippsland
Latitude -37.402
Longitude 148.221
Date Between 1 Jan 1850 and 31 Dec 1850
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 15
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 15 to 20 bodies burned F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Stockman/Drover
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used firearms
Narrative Kurnai people were surprised by a party of stockmen while feasting on the banks of the lagoon behind the rugged limestone crop called Pyramids. A bullock was killed for them and they became sick. Then stockmen and Aborigines from outside the region trapped them against a bluff, 15-20 were shot and killed and the bodies were burnt. It would seem that this massacre occurred before the Brodribb River massacre and was a closely guarded secret. Gippsland historian Peter Gardner suggests that it is possible that an Aboriginal youth, possibly Charlie Hammond, survived the massacre.
Sources Gardner 2001: 76-82, 84-5; Broome 2005: 81. (Sources PDF)
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