Site Name LaTrobe Valley
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group unknown
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Gippsland
Latitude -38.202
Longitude 146.332
Date Between 1 Jan 1840 and 31 Dec 1840
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 20
Victims Killed Notes MC
Attackers Colonisers: Native Police
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative After four days' march through the barren mountains which separate Western Port district from Gippsland, then on the fifth day sighted the smoke of some fires on the skirts of the beautiful pastoral district there. On the following day, about mid-day, they surprised the camp, making prisoners of all in it, which consisted only of some old men and some children. They then went in search of the able-bodied men whom they espied busily fishing on the banks of a large river not far off. They managed to sneak up on them within ten or twenty yards, and then blazed into them, killing and severely wounding every one of them, seven in number. Those who escaped the first volley jumped into the river and swam across, but the second volley brought them all down. After cutting out their kidney fat, they took as much of the carcasses as they could carry on their return route, and having mustered their forces at the camp where they had captured the old men and their children, they despatched them also, and then commenced their retreat.'
Sources Gunson 1968:6 (Sources PDF)
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