Site Name Quamby Brook
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Port Sorell [Pallittore North]
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Launceston
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -41.595,146.710,0
Date 26 Jun 1827
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 30
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 30, more than 6 unspecified, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 3
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 1 - stock-keeper employee of William Field; 2 - shepherds, employed by William Widowson and Abraham Walker, F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Stockmen
Attacker Details Aborigines killed a stock-keeper of William Field; reprisal by Shiner's party; Later Aborigines killed two shepherds intiating another reprisal by Shiner's party.
Motive A series of reprisal attacks
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Unspecified
Narrative Reprisal for the killing by Aborigines of a stock-keeper, an employee of William Field. In retaliation (a second reprisal) a party led by John Batman set off in pursuit and they were alleged to have killed several Aborigines. On July 3, 1827 in another counter reprisal, Aborigines killed two shepherds, employed by William Widowson and Abraham Walker.
Sources CT July 6, 1827 -; TAHO CSO 1/316: 15-45; Plomley 1966: 219; Breen 2001: 27; Ryan, 2008: 493. (Sources PDF)
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