The Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVI, Issue 4070, 7 September 1870, Page 3 reported Levuka trader Mr, Norman, well known in Sandhurst, Victoria, was murdered, and his body cooked after a group of 22 unnammed Tannese took over Normans boat taking them from Levuka to Norman’s plantation, and wanted to go back home
‘Colleen Bawn,’ at Tanna: Captain Field, of the Mary Ann Christina,’ informs us that on board the ‘Colleen Bawn,’ at Tanna, he met with Jimmie Lasulasu, who has long since been reckoned witn the dead. Our readers will remember that a’ William and Julia.’ which left Levuka for Nasavusavu about twelve months ago, with seventeen New Hebrides labourers, their employer, Mr. Norman, late of Sandhurst, near Melbourne, and the aforesaid Jimmie, never reached its destination. The boat was thought to have been wrecked, and all on board lost.
Tannanese wanted to go home: Jimmie Lasulasu informed Captain Field that when on their way to Nasavusavu the natives took possession of the boat, compelling them to steer first one way, and then another, and threatened to kill them if they did not land them on their own island.
Killed with a Tomahawk: On the seventeenth, day they murdered Mr. Norman, splitting his head open with a tomahawk. They cooked and ate the body, thrusting portions oi his cooked companion into the face of Jimmie. The journey was long, and no food or water on board the hardships may be imagined. He reported the The natives died one after the other, till by a lucky chance the boat was cast upon the shore leef of an island, only twenty miles from that to which they belonged. Jimmie has been living on that island for the last twelve months, and was perfectly nude when rescued by the ‘ Colleen Bawn ‘ a week or two since.
Another report on the same event: “One who knows ” writes to us to say that the Mr. Norman, of Melbourne, reported as having been murdered, was a Fijian planter who engaged 22 imported labours from the ‘ William and Julia,’ in June, 1869, and with one of his overseers, a man named Jimmy Lasulasu, started from Levuka to his plantation. They always believed their countrymen had quarrelled with poor Norman (who was a well know n Melbourne grocer), and, after killing him and his overseer, had run away with the boat, probably eating their unfortunate victims on the road. The account of slaughter on the Ba coast is most likely correct, as the mountaineer natives have long been very troublesome m that part of the country, and have frequently attacked the Christian natives on the coast. It is probably the first result of the indiscriminate manner in which, these mountaineers have been supplied with arms by the white men, indirectly through the coast natives.’ Norman a managed a plantation in Fiji, and had a grocery business at Sandhurst, Fiji. in charge of which he left left wife, now his widow, when he came down here
Tannase brought to Levuka by Captain McLiver: He procured the labourers from the ‘ William and Julia.’ They had been engaged and brought here by Captain McLiver, and some who came with them are said to be now on Mr. Scott’s plantation “at Vido. A report reaches us of the murder of a man named Malony, by some white men, on the Sigo Toko River.
Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVI, Issue 4070, 7 September 1870, Page 3
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