Site Name Butchers Creek
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Tatungalung or Brabralung
Colony PPD
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.380,148.230,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1841 and 31 Dec 1841
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Probable: M F;Possible: M unspecified numbers of people F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed:M F;Wounded:M F
Attacker Category Settlers / Stockmen / Aborigines
Attacker Details Party of 12 settlers including Colin McLaren; Angus McMillan, Dr. Arbuckle, Tom Macalister, Colin Macalister, Mc Donald, Bath, Conners, Lawrence, Gilbert and at least two Omeo Aborigines and possibly Ronald Macalister.
Motive
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms / spears / matchettis?
Notes Reprisal for spearing cattle. A series of 5 massacre events.
Narrative According to Peter Gardiner, in 1841 the Kurnai speared cattle on the Avon River. They were pursued or tracked by a party of 12 settlers across the country eventually crossing the Mitchell, Nicholson and Tambo Rivers. Finally the Aborigines were trapped at Butchers Creek near the entrance to Lake King near Metung and butchered. According to local historian Peter Gardner, the story was later told by Colin McLaren, one of the perpetrators. The others were Angus McMillan, Dr. Arbuckle, Tom Macalister, Colin Macalister, Mc Donald, Bath, Conners, Lawrence, Gilbert and at least two Omeo Aborigines.’ This list is by no means exhaustive, it being possible that Ronald Macalister was also an early participant.’ It would appear that five massacres took place in Gippsland in 1840-1841.
Sources Gardner 2001: 49-52.
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