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Battle of Broken River
Date11 April 1838
LocationBroken River, near Benalla, Victoria
Result aboriginal victory
Belligerents
European settlers aboriginal Australians
Commanders and leaders
George and William Faithfull
Strength
18 20
Casualties and losses
7 to 11 dead (est.) 1 dead (est.)

The Battle of Broken River, also known as the Faithfull Massacre,[1] is a battle that took place in 1838 when 20 aboriginal Australians attacked 18 European settlers, killing seven to eleven of them. [2] The site of the massacre was discovered in 1907.[3][4]

Local reprisals went for a number of years, resulting in an estimated over a hundred aboriginal deaths.[5][6]

References[]

  1. Faithful Massacre Site Memorial accessed 24 February 2014
  2. Judith Bassett, "The faithfull massacre at the broken river, 1838 ", Journal of Australian Studies Volume 13, Issue 24, 1989 p18-34
  3. "THE FAITHFUL MASSACRE.". Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 6 July 1907. p. 44. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article139765022. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  4. "THE FAITHFUL MASSACRE.". Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 4 May 1907. p. 38. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article139761388. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  5. Benalla, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 February 2005 accessed 24 February 2014
  6. "EARLY SETTLEMENT IN VICTORIA.". NSW: National Library of Australia. 9 June 1916. p. 38. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article101152305. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 

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