Site Name The Retreat, (Cheshunt) Dairy Plains, Meander River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Port Sorell [Pallittore North]
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Launceston
Latitude -41.622
Longitude 146.519
Date Between 1 Dec 1827 and 31 Dec 1827
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 19
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 19 unspecified, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: stockman
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Foot
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Swivel gun
Narrative Travelling through this area in September 1830, government agent G.A. Robinson was informed by Henry Hellyer, the surveyor of the VDL Co of an incident at “The Retreat”, a cattle run on the Meander River leased by Hobart solicitor, Gamiel Butler. His stock-keeper Paddy Heagon “shot nineteen of the western natives with a swivel gun charged with nails”.
Sources Plomley 1966: 197-8, 218. (Sources PDF)
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