Site Name Meredith River
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Oyster Bay / Little Swanport
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Waterloo Point
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -42.130,148.008,0
Date 15 Nov 1823
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 6 unspecified F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 2
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 2 servants of Slias Gatehouse F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Settler
Attacker Details Adam Amos and party
Motive Revenge for the murders of two servants employed by Silas Gathouse.
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Unknown
Notes
Narrative Reprisal massacre after Musquito, the Sydney Aborigine and 60 Aborigines from the ‘Tame Mob’ killed two servants of Silas Gatehouse on 15 Nov 1823 and for Black Jack killing 2 servants of Andrew Gatehouse at Grindstone Bay. Musquito and Black Jack later arrested and charged with murder, convicted and hanged.
Sources Amos 1823: Nov 20; HTG December 3, 1823; Ryan 2012: 77.
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