Site Name The Retreat', (Cheshunt) Dairy Plains, Western Creek
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group North Sorell [Pallittore North]
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Launceston
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -41.622,146.519,0
Date Between 1 Dec 1827 and 31 Dec 1827
Attack Time Day
Aboriginal People Killed 19
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 19 unspecified, 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 F
Attacker Category Stockmen
Attacker Details Gamiel Butler's stock-keeper, Paddy Heagon
Motive
Type Of Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Swivel gun charged with nails
Notes
Narrative Travelling through this area in September 1830, government agent G.A. Robinson was informed by Henry Hellyer, the surveyor of the VDL Co of an incident at “The Retreat”, a cattle run on the Meander River leased by Hobart solicitor, Gamiel Butler. His stock-keeper Paddy Heagon “shot nineteen of the western natives with a swivel gun charged with nails”.
Sources Plomley 1966: 197-8, 218.
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