Site Name Cape Grim, VDL Co, NW Tasmania (1)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group North West
Colony VDL
Present State/Territory TAS
Police District VDL Co
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -40.709,144.688,0
Date Between 1 Jan 1828 and 31 Jan 1828
Attack Time Day
Aboriginal People Killed 13
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F 1 or more; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M more than 7 unspecified, F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category VDL employees
Attacker Details Richard Frederick, Master of the VDL Co sloop, Fanny plus 4 shepherds
Motive Reprisal for killing sheep
Type Of Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used muskets with bayonets
Notes
Narrative Richard Frederick, master of the VDL Co sloop, Fanny, told Mrs Hare, wife of the captain of the Caroline, that he and four shepherds had surprised a party of Aborigines at Cape Grim, killing 12 before retreating to their ship. Mrs Hare recorded the incident in her diary on January 19. The manager of the Company in a report to his superiors in London on January 14 acknowledged the attack but claimed there were no casualties because “the guns mis-fired.”
Sources TAHO VDL 5/1 No.2; Lee 1927: 41.
Corroboration Rating ***