Site Name Dairy Plains Meander River (3)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group North Sorell [Pallittore North]
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Launceston
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -41.550,146.553,0
Date 15 Sep 1826
Attack Time Night
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M at least six 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 James Cupit - Stock keepers wounded - unspecified, F
Attacker Category James Cupit and stock-keepers
Attacker Details
Motive Attack by Aboriginal people on stockmen
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Spears / Firearms
Notes Attack by conflict between stock-keepers and Aborigines.
Narrative A report in the Hobart Town Gazette stated: “it is with pain we learn that a skirmish has taken place between a numerous tribes of the black natives, and some stock-keepers, on the other side of the island, in which many of the former were severely wounded, if not slain. They made, it would appear, an outrageous attack on the cattle and persons of the stockmen, and provoked them to fire in self-defence.” A week later, the Hobart Town Gazette reported that following the skirmish, Cupit and some stock keepers attacked a Pallittorre [Port Sorell] camp at night and killed more than six people.
Sources HTG September 23 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/679510, September 30 - , 1826.
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