Site Name Oyster Bay, East Coast
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Oyster Bay
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Richmond
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -42.366,147.495,0
Date Between 1 Nov 1815 and 30 Nov 1815
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 17
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 17 - 22 unspecified, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Military
Attacker Details Soldiers of the 48th Regiment
Motive Reprisal for killing sheep
Type Of Motive reprisal
Weapons Used Muskets, bayonets, swords
Notes Reprisal for Aboriginal people killing 930 sheep
Narrative On November 8, 1815, Colonial Chaplain Robert Knopwood recorded in his diary that Oyster Bay warriors had killed 930 sheep at Scantlands Plains. In 1830 settler James Hobbs recalled that 300 sheep were killed and that the next day a detachment of the 48th Regiment shot 22 Oyster Bay people in reprisal. In 1852, historian John West said that 17 were killed.
Sources Nicholls 1977: 26; BPP 1831: 50; West 1852: 10.
Corroboration Rating ***