Site Name East of Ben Lomond
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Ben Lomond
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Launceston
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -41.651,147.443,0
Date 1 Sep 1829
Attack Time Dawn
Aboriginal People Killed 17
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 17 unspecified; 2 deaths were executions, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F;
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Government Official
Attacker Details John Batman, the leader of a government roving party
Motive Opportunity
Type Of Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Shotguns; muskets with bayonets
Notes 2 executions of prisoners took place
Narrative John Batman, the leader of a government roving party, made a dawn attack on an Aboriginal camp, numbering 60 or 70 men, women and children. In his report of the incident to the police magistrate at Oatlands, Batman estimated that 15 Aborigines died of wounds, and that he executed two other wounded prisoners. The incident was reported in the Colonial Times and depositions made by two of Batman?s stock-keepers at the Launceston Police Office on 25 September. This incident does not appear to be a reprisal killing.
Sources Campbell 1987: 31-2; CT, September 18, 1829 -; TAHO CS0 1/330. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **