Site Name Pawleena Valley
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Oyster Bay
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Richmond
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -42.719,147.592,0
Date 17 Nov 1827
Attack Time Day
Aboriginal People Killed 14
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 14; later report implies many more, 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 1- Rogers, F
Attacker Category Police
Attacker Details Clash between a party of 150 Aborigines and patrol led by Laing of the Field Police
Motive Defence / Reprisal
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Stones / Muskets with bayonets 17 rounds of ball cartridges expelled followed by a bayonet charge.
Notes
Narrative In this incident, reported in the Hobart Town Courier (HTC), it was stated that: “Field police fell in with 150 Natives who attacked them with Stones, one of which struck Rogers a blow on the head. The Field Police expended 17 Rounds of ball cartridges and killed two of the dogs, but are not certain whether any of the natives were hurt, on fixing their bayonets and charging, the natives retreated.” In March 1830, district constable Gilbert Robertson, in testimony to the Aborigines Committee, said that “14 of the Natives” had been killed in this incident. He said that the Aborigines “had got upon a hill, and threw stones down upon them; the police expended all their ammunition, and being afraid to run away, at length charged with the bayonet, and the Natives fled.” One hundred and twenty one years later, a local historian, Roy Bridges, said that Laing and his men “chased the Aborigines up the Sorell Valley” where they “destroyed them.”
Sources HTC November 24, 1827; BPP 1831: 49; Bridges 1948: 69.
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