Site Name Ouse River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Big River
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Clyde
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -42.481,146.715,0
Date Between 1 Oct 1829 and 31 Oct 1829
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 7
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 7 unspecified, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 7?shepherds and colonists, F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Military / Police / Settler / Stockmen
Attacker Details An expedition party
Motive Revenge for murder of shepherds and colonists [settlers]
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Firearms, cutlasses
Notes
Narrative After a series of attacks by Aborigines on shepherds’ huts and the killing of seven colonists. The 19th century historian James Bonwick was later told that “without warning an expedition was fitted out in the night and a terrible slaughter took place.”
Sources Bonwick 1870: 66.
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