Site Name Cape Grim, VDL Co, NW Tasmania (1)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group North West
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District VDL Co
Latitude -40.709
Longitude 144.688
Date Between 1 Jan 1828 and 31 Jan 1828
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 13
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M F 1 or more; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M more than 7 unspecified, F
Attackers Colonisers: Shepherds, sailors
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Foot
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, blades, bayonets
Narrative Richard Frederick, master of the VDL Co sloop, Fanny, told Mrs Hare, wife of the captain of the Caroline, that he and four shepherds had surprised a party of Aborigines at Cape Grim, killing 12 before retreating to their ship. Mrs Hare recorded the incident in her diary on January 19. The manager of the Company in a report to his superiors in London on 14 January 1828 acknowledged the attack but claimed there were no casualties because “the guns mis-fired.” Carried out in reprisal for the killing of sheep.
Sources TAHO VDL 5/1 No.2; Lee 1927: 41. (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating **