Establishing Pastoral Runs

Wadawurrung territory started to be settled on by the newly arrived squatters. The Aboriginal community resisted the European invasion by driving off or stealing sheep, which then resulted in conflict and sometimes a massacre of Aboriginal people.

Once Dr Alexander Thomson built his house ‘Kardinia’ on the south bank of the Barwon settlement started to spread south establishing the townships of Mount Duneed and Jan Juc.

John Stokes purchased the ‘Sport Hall’ pastoral run which has been sometimes reported to be in Puebla, but was located in what we know as Connewarre/Breamlea. The name was later changed to Stokes Station.