Site NameApsley, Western Wimmera
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupJandwadjali
Present State/TerritoryVIC
Colony/State/Territory at the timeVIC
Police DistrictWimmera
DateBetween 1 Nov 1854 and 30 Nov 1854
Attack TimeDay
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed18
Victims Killed NotesKilled: M
Attacker DescriptionsStockmen/Drover(s)
Attackers Killed2
Attackers Killed NotesKilled: M F: Wounded MF
Weapons UsedFirearm(s)
NarrativeIn a letter dated 5 December 1854 by James Dixon from Keilor Station, Victoria, to S Wilson of Surrey Lane, Battersea Surrey, England, Dixon, wrote: that he had been stationed 300 miles 'in the Country from Melbourne' where there were 'plenty of black natives. They are very treacherous. We had a great battle with them a month ago, their [sic] was eighteen killed and two of our men. They throws [sic] spears that penetrate right through you which is verry [sic] dangerous.'
SourcesJames Dixon to S. Wilson 5 Dec 1854. Private letter held by Brook Andrew. (Sources PDF)
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