Site Name Waterloo Plains
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djadjawurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District Near Munro's Station
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -36.927,144.543,0
Date Between 1 Jun 1838 and 30 Jun 1838
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 7
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 1, F; Probable: M many, F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Overseer / Stockmen
Attacker Details Party of 16 led by John Coppock and Samuel Fuller including employees of WH Yaldwyn, CH Ebden, H. Munro and Dr W. Bowman.
Motive to 'clear the area'
Type Of Motive Dispersal
Weapons Used Firearms
Notes Robinson was at Munro's Station - asked employees if present at the massacre. The men replied: "What if I was, do you think I should be such a fool to tell you, to be hung?"
Narrative On January 17 1840, G.A. Robinson referred to a report he had received that Aborigines had been killed in this area, now known as Waterloo Plains. The following day he crossed the Coliban River near Munro's station and came to an old deserted hut and found the site at the back of the hut, on a small hill. He wrote: "It is said that when the men came up with the blacks, the blacks called to them to come, they would fight them. There were, I believe, sixteen white men all armed and for the most part mounted. They fired from their horses; the blacks were down in the hole. They [the white men] were out of distance of spears. One old man kept supplying them with spears and was soon shot. Great many were shot. Some other blacks held up pieces of bark to keep off the balls but it was no use. Some were shot with their bark in their hands. The white men who carried out this massacre included John Coppock, superintendent of Yaldwyn's run and Samuel Fuller, Yaldwin's shepherd. Others included stockmen from Ebden and Bowman's runs. According to a sworn statement by Coppock, there were 8 stockmen in the party, that a pitched battle took place, in which seven or eight Aborigines were shot dead, the sheep being recovered the next day. On January 25, 1840, Robinson was at Munro's station and asked one of his employees if he was present at the Waterloo Plains massacre. The men replied, "What if I was, do you think I should be such a fool to tell you, to be hung?"
Sources Cannon 1982: 313, 336-40; Clark ID 1995: 85:91-2; Clark 1998a: 129-130.
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