Site NameQuamby Brook, Quamby Bluff (2)
This massacre is part of a group of massacres
Aboriginal Place Name
Language GroupPort Sorell [Pallittore North]
Present State/TerritoryTAS
Colony/State/Territory at the timeVDL
Police DistrictLaunceston
Latitude-41.595
Longitude146.71
Date27 Jun 1827
Attack TimeNight
VictimsAboriginal People
Victim DescriptionsAboriginal
Victims Killed30
Victims Killed NotesKilled: M 30, more than 6 unspecified, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
AttackersColonisers
Attacker DescriptionsField Police, Stockmen/Drover(s), Soldier(s)
Attackers Killed0
Attackers Killed NotesKilled: M 1 - stock-keeper employee of William Field; 2 - shepherds, employed by William Widowson and Abraham Walker, F; Wounded: M F
TransportFoot
MotiveReprisal
Weapons UsedMusket(s), Bayonet(s)
NarrativeFollowing the first massacre of 30 Pallittore at Quamby Brook on 26 June 1827, in reprisal for the killing by Pallittorre warriors of stock-keeper William Knight, an assigned servant of William Field at the Western Marshes (Dairy Plains) on 23 June 1827, Corporal William Shiner's party comprising Corporal James Lingren, district constable Williams and stock keepers, Thomas Baker, James Cubit, Henry Smith and Thomas White, attacked a Pallittore at a camp at Quamby Brook on 27 June 1827 and allegedly killed 30 of them. This was the second massacre in the 'Quamby Bluff' massacres.
SourcesCTTA July 6, 1827, p4 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/679329; TAHO CSO 1/316, pp 15-45; Plomley 2008, p 254; Breen 2001, p 27; Ryan, 2008, p 493. (Sources PDF)
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