Site Name Meredith River, Oyster Bay
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Oyster Bay / Little Swanport
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Waterloo Point
Latitude -42.13
Longitude 148.008
Date 15 Nov 1823
Attack Time night
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 6
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 6 unspecified F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Field Police
Attackers Killed 2
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M 2 servants of Silas Gatehouse F; Wounded: M F
Transport Foot
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used bayonets, muskets
Narrative District Constable Adam Amos and party carried out the massacre after Musquito, the Sydney Aborigine, and 60 Aborigines from the ‘Tame Mob’ killed two servants of Silas Gatehouse on 15 Nov 1823 and for Black Jack killing 2 servants of Andrew Gatehouse at Grindstone Bay. Musquito and Black Jack were later arrested and charged with murder, convicted and hanged.
Sources Amos 1823: Nov 20. (Sources PDF)
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