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Decisions of the Nineteenth Century Tasmanian Superior Courts

Notice 1 [1830]

Source: Hobart Town Gazette, 27 February 1830

GOVERNMENT ORDER.
No. 2.
Colonial Secretary's Office,
Feb. 25, 1830.

In the Government Order of the 19th instant, the LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR announced his concern at the continued atrocities of the Aboriginal Natives, and anxiously hoping that one instance of moderation which had been manifested by these savages, might lead to others, His Excellency endeavoured to animate the Settlers to a hearty co-operation with the Government, in the adoption of measures tending, either to conciliate these People, or to expel them from the Settled Districts.
The destruction of the whole of Mr. Sherwin's Premises in the Clyde District, and the threats and vindictive felling with which the act was perpetrated, together with several other outrages committed during the past week, demand an instant simultaneous and energetic proceeding on the part of the Settlers, who, it is to be regretted, have hitherto been to indifferent to the adoption of those obvious measures of protection which are more or less within the means of almost every individual.
The parties employed in aid of the Police will be augmented, and in order to stimulate them to increased activity, the LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR has directed, that a Reward of FIVE POUNDS shall be given for every adult Aboriginal Native, and TWO POUNDS for every Child, who shall be captured and delivered alive at any one of the Police Stations.
It surely is not too much to expect, that in every District, the most respectable Inhabitants will forthwith confer together upon the measures most desirable for their common security, and that they will act up to them with vigour and perservance.
His Excellency will, within a very limited period, make a Tour through the Districts, to ascertain personally, the individual effort which is made to give full effect to the measures which he now expects to be universally adopted.
The repeated Orders which have been put forth by this Government, must convey the idea out of the Colony, that there exists, a horde of Savages in Van Diemen's Land, whose prowess is equal to their revengeful feelings; whereas, every Settler must be conscious, that his foe consists of an inconsiderable number of a very feeble race; not possessing physical strength, and quite undistinguished by personal courage, but, who are undoubtedly daily more and more formidable from the success which has hitherto attended their unexpected and sudden attacks upon unarmed persons, and dwellings almost defenceless.
The LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR feels assured, that it is not necessary to repeat the strong injunction which the Government has invariably pressed upon the Community generally, as well as upon the parties employed more particularly, that every degree of humanity should be exercised towards the Aboriginal Natives, which is consistent with the overruling necessity of expelling them from the Settled Districts.

By His Excellency's Command,
J. BURNETT.

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