Site Name Evandale, Paterson's Plains near Launceston
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group North Midlands
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Launceston
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -41.569,147.245,0
Date Between 1 Dec 1824 and 31 Dec 1824
Attack Time Day
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F 6; 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
Motive Opportunity
Type Of Motive Opportunity
Weapons Used Muskets, bayonets, pistols, swords
Narrative January 12 and 19 1825, the Hobart Town Gazette reported the visit to Launceston by 200 Aborigines that occurred in December 1824. Published the following January, the articles reported: ‘When crossing Paterson’s Plains they were wantonly fired on by the whites, and in their return some of their women were treated with indescribable brutality.
Sources HTG January 12, 19, 1825; West 1852: 16.
Corroboration Rating ***