Site Name Cataract Gorge
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group North Midlands
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District Launceston
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -41.456,147.115,0
Date Between 13 Mar 1829 and 17 Mar 1829
Attack Time
Aboriginal People Killed 6
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 4, F 1, +1 child; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 3
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M James Hale and Thomas Johnson, F Mary Mellor; Wounded: M F; 2 missing stockmen
Attacker Category Stockmen / Aboriginal people
Attacker Details Stockmen
Motive Stockmen went out to pursue the Aboriginal murderers
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used Spears / muskets
Notes
Narrative A report in the Colonial Times noted that three colonists, Mary Miller, James Hales and Thomas Johnson were speared and killed by Aborigines and two other stockmen were reported missing, believed killed. “(S)ome of the Aborigines were pursued and six Aborigines were killed – 4 men, a woman & child.”
Sources C T March 20 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/666490, March 27 - https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/666495, 1829.
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