Site NameEast of Ben Lomond
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupBen Lomond
Present State/TerritoryTAS
Colony/State/Territory at the timeVDL
Police DistrictOatlands
Latitude-41.848
Longitude147.738
Date1 Sep 1829
Attack TimeDawn
VictimsAboriginal or Torres Strait Islander People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed17
Victims Killed Notes
AttackersColonists
Attacker DescriptionsSettler(s), Shepherd(s), Convict(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed Notes
TransportFoot
MotiveOpportunity
Weapons UsedFirearm(s), Musket(s), Shotgun(s), Bayonet(s), Blade(s)
NarrativeOn 1 September 1829 John Batman, the leader of a government roving party, made a dawn attack on an Aboriginal camp, numbering 60 or 70 men, women and children. In his report of the incident to Thomas Anstey the police magistrate at Oatlands, Batman estimated that 15 Aborigines died of wounds, and that he executed two other wounded prisoners. The incident was reported in the Colonial Times(September 18, 1829, p 3). Depositions were made by two of Batman’s stockkeepers at the Launceston Police Office on 25 September. This incident does not appear to be a reprisal killing.
SourcesCampbell 1987, p 31-2; CT, September 18, 1829 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/666596; TAHO CS0 1/330. (Sources PDF)
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