Sunday, February 10, 2019

February 10 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1828 - The Cape Grim Massacre.
The Cape Grim massacre occurred where a group of Aboriginal Tasmanians gathering food at a beach in the north-west of Tasmania were ambushed and shot by four Van Diemen's Land Company workers, with bodies of the victims then thrown from a 60-metre cliff. Thirty men were killed in the attack, as a part of an escalating spiral of violence which included the abduction and rape of Aboriginal women in the area. [1]

1840 - George Augustus Robinson recorded that a group of Wadawurrung People, less than two years after the occupation of land in the Ballarat district, lamented the loss of their staple food to McLeod, a squatter near Buninyong in central Victoria. The Aboriginals stated to McLeod that “there were no murnong about Geelong. It was like Port Phillip all gone the Bulgana [cattle] and sheep eat it all”. [2]

1842 - Conflict between European settlers and local Aboriginal people at Light River, Kapunda, SA. [3]

1861 - Lieutenant Rudolph Morisset led a Native Police squad which shot dead 6-8 Aboriginals including old men at Manumba, QLD.
John Mortimer, one of the station owners, complained in the local press about the police behaviour. He also gave evidence to an 1861 inquiry into the activities of the Native Mounted Police. [4]

2008 - Barbara Lemon, a researcher at the University of Melbourne, presented a radio documentary on women philanthropists which aired on Hindsight (ABC Radio National) on this day.
‘A Great Form of Love: Women Philanthropists in Australian History’ profiles eight generous Australian women, spanning 150 years: Anne Fraser Bon, Dr Una Porter, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Barbara Blackman, Jill Reichstein, Eve Mahlab, Toni Joel and Trisha Broadbridge. [5]







  1. Still shamed.
    And a hooray for women who are able to be philanthropists. I wonder whether a greater percentage of wealthy women rather than men take that path.

  2. Lots of problems back then and killing..I hear the Chinese might have been in Western Australia long before Cooke.