Site Name Slaughterhouse Gully
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Tatungalung or Brabralung
Colony VIC
Present State/Territory VIC
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -37.402,148.221,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1850 and 31 Dec 1850
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 15
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 15 to 20 bodies burned F; Probable: M 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 Stockmen and Aborigines from outside the region
Attacker Details Local stockmen and Aborigines from outside the region.
Motive
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used Poison
Notes
Narrative Gippsland historian Peter Gardiner believes the Aborigines were surprised while feasting on the banks of the lagoon behind the rugged limestone crop called Pyramids. A bullock was killed for them and they became sick. Then stockmen and Aborigines from outside the region trapped them against a bluff, 15-20 were shot and killed and the bodies were disposed. It would seem that this massacre occurred before the Broadribb River massacre and was a closely guarded secret. Gardner suggests that the colonists were aided by a party of Aborigines from outside Gippsland. It is possible that an Aboriginal youth survived the massacre.
Sources Gardner 2001: 76-82, 84-5; Broome 2005: 81.
Corroboration Rating **