Site Name Pittwater
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Oyster Bay
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Pittwater
Latitude -42.814
Longitude 147.672
Date Between 1 Jun 1829 and 30 Jun 1829
Attack Time dawn
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 10
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 10 unspecified, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: soldiers, field police
Attackers Killed 2
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M 2 F; Wounded: M 3 F
Transport Foot
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms
Narrative Following a series of raids by 15-20 Aborigines on huts for food in which they killed two stock-keepers and wounded at least three others, a party pursued them, and returned with the missing booty. The magistrate reported that the “particular object of this non-commissioned officer [was] to capture ...without loss of life, but as they fled on the approach of the Party, I am [sorry ] to state that it is supposed eight or ten of the natives were severely wounded.”
Sources TAHO CSO 1/316: 281,832; CSO 1/321 1829: Jun 16; HTC Jun 13, 1829 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/642053, June 20, 1829 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/642061. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***