Scars in the Landscape

A register of massacre sites in Western Victoria, 1803-1859

by Ian Clark

Scars in the Landscape is a register of massacres and killings of Aboriginal people during 1803–1859. Deliberately challenging the ideology that the colonisation of Western Victoria was peaceful, the register reveal that violence was widespread.

Through searching contemporary archival material, utilising Aboriginal oral history and local histories, and by studying place names in the region, Ian Clark presents a detailed, meticulously research study of massacres on one Australian region.

…it provides a powerful riposte to those who doubt the intensity and ubiquity of frontier conflicts as well as standing alone as a fine piece of detailed scholarship.

—Professor Henry Reynolds, research professor at the University of Tasmania and a senior research fellow with the Australian Research Council.


  • Aboriginal Studies Press; November 1995
  • ISBN: 9780855755959
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Scars in the Landscape
  • Author: Ian Clark
  • Imprint: Aboriginal Studies Press