Site Name Reservoir (1)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Djadjawurrung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.282,143.546,0
Date Between 1 Jul 1838 and 31 Jul 1838
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 10
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M 10 -14 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 Settler / Overseer
Attacker Details Mr John M. Allen, overseer to Bowerman.
Motive reprisal for stock theft
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms /spears
Notes After the flock was driven off the overseer recovered them and Aboriginal people were killed .
Narrative In July 1838, Henry Boucher Bowerman, at Mount Mitchell or Burnbank Station on McCallums and Doctors Creeks, had a flock of sheep driven from his run by some Aborigines. While the sheep were being recovered, between 10 and 14 Aborigines were shot.
Sources Cannon 1983: 643; Clark ID 1995: 89-90
Corroboration Rating ***