Site Name Dairy Plains Meander River (3)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Port Sorell [Pallittore North]
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Launceston
Latitude -41.55
Longitude 146.553
Date 15 Sep 1826
Attack Time night
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 6
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M at least six unspecified, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: stockmen
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M James Cupit - Stock keepers wounded - unspecified, F
Transport Foot
Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used spears, firearms
Narrative A report in the Hobart Town Gazette stated: “it is with pain we learn that a skirmish has taken place between a numerous tribes of the black natives, and some stock-keepers, on the other side of the island, in which many of the former were severely wounded, if not slain. They made, it would appear, an outrageous attack on the cattle and persons of the stockmen, and provoked them to fire in self-defence.” A week later, the Hobart Town Gazette reported that following the skirmish, James Cupit (Cubit) and some stock keepers attacked a Pallittorre [Port Sorell] camp at night and killed more than six people.
Sources HTG September 23 - 1826,CTTA 1826 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **