Site Name Quamby Brook
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Port Sorell [Pallittore North]
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Launceston
Latitude -41.595
Longitude 146.71
Date 26 Jun 1827
Attack Time night
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 30
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 30, more than 6 unspecified, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: soldiers, field police, stockmen
Attackers Killed 3
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M 1 - stock-keeper employee of William Field; 2 - shepherds, employed by William Widowson and Abraham Walker, F; Wounded: M F
Transport Foot
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, bayonets
Narrative Reprisal for the killing by Aborigines of a stock-keeper, an employee of William Field. In retaliation (a second reprisal) corporal John Shiner's party set off in pursuit and they were alleged to have killed several Aborigines. On July 3, 1827 in another counter reprisal, Aborigines killed two shepherds, employed by William Widowson and Abraham Walker, intitiating yet another reprisal by Shiner's party.
Sources CTTA July 6, 1827 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/679329; TAHO CSO 1/316: 15-45; Plomley 1966: 219; Breen 2001: 27; Ryan, 2008: 493. (Sources PDF)
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