Site Name Lagoon Lower Marshes near Jordan River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Big River
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Bothwell
Latitude -42.339
Longitude 147.188
Date Between 1 Mar 1827 and 31 Mar 1827
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 17
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 17 unspecified, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: stockmen
Attackers Killed 1
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M 1 Stockman, William Walker F; Wounded: M F
Transport Foot
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, pistols, blades, bayonets
Narrative Following the killing of stockman William Walker on the Den Hill road near Bothwell on 4 March 1828, government agent G.A. Robinson was told by nearby settler Robert Barr, that in reprisal, a group of stockmen ‘killed seventeen Natives; that they had first killed seven and they then followed them to a lagoon and killed ten more. The Natives could not get away.’
Sources TAHO CSO 1/323, 113; HTC, 15 March - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/641575, 22 March - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/641580, 1828; Plomley 2008: 537. (Sources PDF)
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