Site Name Cockatoo Valley, Hollow Tree
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Oyster Bay
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Oatlands
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -42.532,146.943,0
Date 23 Oct 1828
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 6 - unspecified - a considerable number, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 1 F2 W F4
Attacker Category Stockmen
Attacker Details A party of stockmen
Motive Reprisal
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Muskets
Notes
Narrative In two separate attacks over 2 weeks, Oyster Bay warriors killed Anne Geary and Mrs Gough and then Mrs Langford's son, John. A reprisal party 'fell upon' the warriors' campsite near Cockatoo Valley at 11pm and fired after them, 'killing and wounding a considerable numberÂ’.
Sources The Tasmanian, October 31, 1828 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/25173660; HTC November 1, 1828 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/641811. (Sources PDF)
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