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Blood Hole massacre
Date1839 or 1840
LocationMiddle Creek, 6 or 7 miles from Glengower Station between Clunes and Newstead
Result European victory, a massacre
Captain Dugald McLachlan and employees Unknown clan, Dja Dja wurrung language
Commanders and leaders
Captain Dugald McLachlan Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
None Several, exact number unknown

The Blood Hole massacre occurred at Middle Creek 6 – 7 miles from Glengower Station between Clunes and Newstead at the end of 1839 or early 1840 killing an unknown number of Aborigines from the Grampians district who were on their way home after trading goods for green stone axe blanks which they obtained near what is now Lancefield.

After an initial period of establishing Glengower station where Captain Dugald McLachlan's employees gave out flour and sugar rations and sometimes employed the local aborigines from the Dja Dja Wurrung (Jaara people).

Why the massacre took place is not recorded, although there is some speculation as to why.

The massacre happened after the station hands found the cook hanging from a meat hook near the kitchen at the end of the day and the aborigines who had passed though on their way home were found at Middle creek, a camping place on the aboriginal trading route from the grampians to the greenstone quarry at Mount William near Lancefield

The aborigines were found at the waterhole on Middle Creek west of Glengower Station. The aborigines sought to hide by diving into the waterhole where they were shot one at a time as they came up for air.[1][2][3]


  1. Aldo Massola, p88, Journey to Aboriginal Victoria, Rigby, 1969 as quoted by Ian D. Clark, pp97, Scars on the Landscape. A Register of Massacre sites in Western Victoria 1803-1859, Aboriginal Studies Press, 1995 ISBN 0-85575-281-5
  2. Geoffrey Blainey, pp30, A History of Victoria, Cambridge University Press, 2006 ISBN 0-521-86977-3
  3. Edgar Morrison, Frontier life in the Loddon Protectorate : episodes from early days, 1837-1842, Daylesford [Vic.], The Advocate, 1967?. No ISBN

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