1800-1859 | Burning people alive | Ireland

Preparations made to burn Irish convicts alive

9 November 1804 On 9 November 1804, panic erupted among the British garrison of the remote penal colony of Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, when they sighted a flotilla of ships, including the 64 gun warship Athenienne, and assumed they were under attack from the French.  The Commandant, Captain John Piper, immediately ordered all…

1800-1859 | Australia | Civilians slaughtered | Massacres

British redcoats shoot dead up to fifty Aboriginal Tasmanians

3 May 1804 On 3 May 1804, a group of about three hundred Aboriginal Tasmanian men, women and children were hunting kangaroos at Risdon Cove, on the outskirts of the first British settlement on the island, which had been established the previous autumn. Edward White, an ex-convict settler saw the Aborigines and ran to alert…