Site Name Tooms Lake East Coast
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Oyster Bay / Little Swanport
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Waterloo Point
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -42.190,147.883,0
Date 14 Mar 1826
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 7
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M at least 6 unspecified, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 1
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 1 Roberts, a servant, of settler Buxton, F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Police / stockmen
Attacker Details Party of field police and convict servants
Motive Reprisal for killing convict servant
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Muskets, bayonets, pistols
Notes
Narrative Following the alleged killing by Oyster Bay warriors of a servant, Roberts, of settler Buxton, at Oyster Bay. The magistrate at Waterloo Point recorded four or five years later, that at the time of the incident a party went out after them and that one Aborigine was wounded. A few years later Buxton’s neighbour, Dr Story, interviewed Buxton’s daughter about the incident and sent her account to historian James Bonwick. She said that the party killed several Aborigines at their camp that night.
Sources TAHO CSO 1/316: 840; Bonwick 1870: 117.
Corroboration Rating ***