Establishing Pastoral Runs

Squatters begin to arrive and settle on Wadawurrung territory. The Europeans were met with resistance by the Aboriginal community to the invasion often by driving off or stealing sheep, which then resulted in conflict and sometimes a massacre of Aboriginal people.

Dr Alexander Thomson founded ‘Kardinia’ on the south bank of the Barwon. Gradually settlement started to spread – the townships of Mount Duneed and Jan Juc were established.

John Stokes purchases the pastoral run he called ‘Sport Hall’ reported to be in Puebla, but was located in what we know as Connewarre/Breamlea. The name was later changed to Stokes Station.