Site Name Sally Peak (1)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Big River
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Richmond
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -42.646,147.718,0
Date Between 1 May 1827 and 15 May 1827
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 6 considerable - unspecified, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 1
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 1 - Richard Addey, stock-keeper to Andrew Gatehouse, F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Military / Police/ Settlers / Stockmen
Attacker Details Detachment of the 40th Regiment; A party of thirty colonists – comprising constables, soldiers, and neighbours, the master of one of slain stockkeepers, John Radford and James Gumm.
Motive Revenge for the the murder of Richard Addey, a stock-keeper, by the Oyster Bay Aborigines.
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Muskets
Notes
Narrative Richard Addey, stock-keeper to Andrew Gatehouse, was killed by Oyster Bay Aborigines. The reprisal killings that followed, were not made public for nearly 50 years when historian James Bonwick published the interview he conducted thirty years after the incident with a stockman who, I have identified as James Gumm, employed by George Meredith. He told Bonwick that a party of thirty colonists – comprising constables, soldiers, and neighbours, the master of the slain stock-keeper, John Radford and himself - set off in bloody revenge. They heard that a large group of Aborigines were camped for the night in the gully by Sally Peak, ten kilometres from Bushy Plains, on the border of Prosser’s Plains. James Gumm told Bonwick: “They proceeded stealthily as they neared the spot; and, agreeing upon a signal, moved quietly in couples, until they had surrounded the sleepers. The whistle of the leader was sounded, and volley after volley of ball cartridge was poured in upon the dark groups around the little camp-fires. The number slain was considerable.”
Sources Bonwick 1870: 99.
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