Site Name King River, above Oxley Plains(Wangaratta)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Murray
Latitude -36.52
Longitude 146.391
Date Between 1 Dec 1841 and 28 Feb 1842
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 200
Victims Killed Notes MWC
Attackers Colonisers: Stockman/Drover
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed M:
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative According to James Howard, aged 83 in 1883, he was a shepherd on George Faithfull's run at Oxley Plains in 1841 when the 'blacks played sad havoc' with Faithfull's cattle and sheep, whereupon 18 stockmen, shepherds, and hut keepers turned out, mounted and armed, and 'fell upon the blacks in camp on the bank of the King above Oxley, and massacred them. About 200 were killed on the spot, and others were pursued miles up the river, until all, with one or two expections were exterminated.' Howard said there were about 300 Aborignal people in all. Howard relayed the incident to a journalist from the Argus in 1883.
Sources Sayers, 1969: 217-222; Argus, September 13 1883: 9 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **