Site Name Milly, Brodribb River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Krauatungulung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Gippsland
Latitude -37.746
Longitude 148.563
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 people 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 Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative On 2 May 151, station cook Dan Moylan at Macleod's station at Orbost abducted a young girl from the Krauatungulung people, tied her up and over the following 3 days, raped her. Her people tried to rescue her but Moyland kept them at bay with his gun and the hot coals he scattered around the outside of the hut. Eventually they killed Moylan with spears, rescued the girl and burnt down his hut. News of Moylan's killing quickly spread through the white community. According to Pepper and de Araugo, the settlers took the law into their own hands, and with the assistance of Aboriginal warriors from the Mitchell River, tracked Moylan's killers to Milly Creek where it runs into the Brodribb River. There they 'cleaned up the tribe' but 2 boys including Harry Darramungie were lucky to get away and others swam the Snowy River to Lake Watt Watt. However the settlers followed them to Buchan where more white men joined the party and eventually found their prey camped near The Pyramids. They then drove the Aboriginal people over the cliffs to the Murrindal River below and their bones are believed to lie at the base of Limestone Cliff.
Sources Pepper and De Araugo 1985: 99-101; Gardner 2001: 82-5; Broome 2005: 81. (Sources PDF)
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