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…

1860-1899

Last ‘full blooded’ Aboriginal Tasmanian man’s death and dissection

3 March 1869 On 3 March 1869, William Lanne, who at the time was believed to be the last ‘full-blooded’ Tasmanian man, died of cholera and dysentery, aged just 34 years.  Eight months later, the Shipping and Mercantile Gazette reported to its British readers that ‘the native population of Tasmania, or Van Diemen’s Land, is now…