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Decisions of the Nineteenth Century Tasmanian Superior Courts

Notice 3 [1830]

Source: Hobart Town Gazette, 28 August 1830

GOVERNMENT NOTICE.
NO 166.
Colonial Secretary's Office,
Aug 27, 1830.

THE Lieutenant Governor has learned, that the intention of the Government in issuing the Notices No. [1]60 and [1]6[2], which appeared in the Gazette of last week, has been misinterpreted by some of the Inhabitants of the Districts in which the natives have shewn the most decided hostility.
A friendly disposition having been slightly manifested by a tribe which had been hostile; His Excellency anxiously availed himself of the occasion to repeat the injunctions which have been uniformily expressed in the Orders and instructions of the Government, that the measures which are indispen[s]able for the defence and protection of the Settlers, should be tempered with humanity, and that no means of conciliation should be spared; but it was not intended to relax in the most strenuous exertions to repel and to drive from the settled country those natives who seize every occasion to perpetrate murders and to plunder and destroy the property of the inhabitants.
The conduct displayed by those savages in their recent outrages in the Oatlands and Clyde Districts, proves that the utmost vigilance is necessary for the safety of every dwelling; and the Lieut Governor trusts, that the magistrates and respectable inhabitants will make it a point frequently to visit the huts in their neighbourhood, and urge the occupants to keep their arms in good order, and always at hand. The lives and property of every fami[l]y depend, in fact, upon the individual exertions of its head.
Any wanton attack against he inoffensive tribes on the west and south west districts of the Colony, or against the tribes inhabiting the adjacent islands, or against any aborigines who manifest a disposition to conciliate and to surrender themselves will undoubtedly be vigorously prosecuted; but it is not expected, much less required, that the settlers are calmly to wait in their dwellings to sustain the repeated and continued attacks of the tribes, who are manifesting such a rancorous and barbarous disposition as has characterised their late proceedings. They are, by every possible means, to be captures, or driven beyond the settled districts.
By His Excellency's Command,
J. BURNETT.

Published by the Division of Law, Macquarie University and the School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania