Site Name Blackman River: intersection of Brumby Creek and Lake River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Big River
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Launceston
Latitude -42.233
Longitude 147.21
Date Between 1 Jun 1827 and 30 Jun 1827
Attack Time night
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 3
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M 3 - shepherds, F; Wounded: M F
Transport Foot
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, pistols, blades, bayonets
Narrative When Aborigines were alleged to have killed three shepherds and slaughtered 100 sheep in this area, according to the newspaper, the Tasmanian: “‘two parties of military were despatched, in order to join the Field Police in putting a stop to these outrages; and we trust his Excellency will follow up this matter with such measures as will entirely prevent any future occurrences of a similar nature.” In January 1828, when the Land Commissioners arrived in the area one of them noted in his journal at the junction of Brumby Creek and Lake River that: “mysterious Murders have also been committed in this recess, and have hitherto remained undetected.”
Sources Tasmanian November 16, 1827 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/25173464; McKay 1962: 74. (Sources PDF)
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