Site NameQuamby Bluff (3)
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupPallittore
Present State/TerritoryTAS
Colony/State/Territory at the timeVDL
Police DistrictLaunceston
Date5 Jul 1827
Attack TimeNight
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed9
Victims Killed Notesmen, women and children
Attacker DescriptionsField Police, Foot Soldier(s), Stockmen/Drover(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportFoot, Horse
Weapons UsedMusket(s), Bayonet(s)
NarrativeOn 3 July 1827 the Pallittorre killed two shepherds assigned to settlers William Widowson and Abraham Walker at Dairy Plains, sixty kilometers west of Launceston. Corporals John Shiners and James Lingan, field constable Thomas Williams and stockmen Thomas Baker, James Cubit, Henry Smith and William White, set off in reprisal. Three years later, stock-keeper George Johnson told government agent GA Robinson that on this occasion 'the soldiers killed nine or ten' Pallittore. (Plomley 1966, p. 219 ; 2008, p 254 ) This is the third reprisal massacre carried out by Shiners and his party in an eighteen day killing spree in which more than 75 Pallittore were killed and known as the Quamby Bluff killings.
SourcesColonial Times, 6 July 1827; Plomley 1966, p.219; 2008, p.254. (Sources PDF)
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