Im posting this for the benefit of most the newer members which have never heard the conspiracy behind the events that occured on April 28th, 1996, in
Port Arthur, Tasmania. It is alleged that on this day 19 year old, Martin Bryant, shot dead thirty-five men, woman and children, and wounded another
twenty-one. He was eventually convicted of the crime and sentenced to 35 consecutive life sentences, including another 1035 years without parole. In
response to this event, the government imposed strict laws (by strict laws, I mean, it became illegal to own one) on the onwership of automatic and
semi-automatic weapons (including repeater shotguns), and limitations were also imposed on low capacity weapons.
Until recently it had been assumed that Martin Bryant was completely guilty of all charges brought against him. Now there are some claims that he
wasnt actually the shooter, and some of the events that occured at the time, were witheld by the media, or badly misconstrued.
The following is a brief timeline of how events were believed to occurred on that tragic day:
28/4/10 11:45am- Bryant drove (was witnessed) to the Seascape guesthouse and shot owners, David and Noelene Martin. David Martin was also gagged and
12:30pm- A couple came stopped at the guesthouse and were confronted by Bryant. They asked if they could see the accomodation available, where Bryant
told them his parents were away so they couldnt, and his girlfriend was inside. Its is believed that his car was backed up to the front door of the
guesthouse, and he may have been unloading ammunition. The couple then left
1:10pm- After attending to a couple whose car had over heated (he suggested they come for coffee at the cafe at the Port Arthur historic site), he
headed to the toll booth at the Port Arthur historic site. He parked his car near the Broad Arrow Cafe where he ordered a meal. At this time, he was
witnessed mumbling to himself and appeared nervous and uneasy, and started random conversations with people about "european wasps" and "the lack of
1:30pm- When Bryant finished his meal, he calmly pulled an AR-15 assault rifle and fired into the crowds of people. Two Malaysian tourists nearest to
Bryant, were killed instantly. He then levelled the rifle at Mick Sargent, the bullet grazing his scalp and knocking him down. Sargents girlfriend
wasnt as luck, and Bryant shot her dead, with a round to the back of the head.
A 28 year old New Zealand wine maker, threw a tray at Bryant, when he levelled the gun at his wife and 15 month year old child. The mans father in law
quickly ushered his daughter and grand child under a table. Another man attempted to get up and leave, but Bryant spotted him and fired shots hitting
him in the neck and spine, killing him on the spot.
He then fired on a table of six people, killing three, and wounding another three. Four others had just left to return their trays and visit the gift
shop. He then shot dead, Andrew Mills and Tony Kistan, both in the head from approximately 2 metres away. Tony Kistans wife, Sarah, was not seen by
the gunman as she was pushed under a table by her husband.
Another three people were lucky enough to only be injured by shrapnel as they too, hid underneath a table. By this point, people had actually realised
what was going on, but Bryant was already at the main exit. A trio were his next targets. Graham Colyer was hit in the jaw, and mother Carolyn
Loughton was recieved a ruptured ear drum by the gun shot, as she dived on her duaghter, who was fatally shot in the head.
Another husband and wife couple still seated, were shot fatally at close range, and another man trying to distract Bryant from shooting other targets
was shot in the arm, luckily surviving. All this happened in a matter of 15-20 seconds. Leaving 12 dead and 10 wounded.
Bryant left the cafe heading towards the gift shop. By this time, people had scattered and were beginning to flee the scene. The two young girls
attending in the gift shop, Nicole Burgess and Elizabeth Howard didnt have that chance, and were shot in the head and chest, both dying later of their
injuries. Two women hid behind a screen in the shop, while their husbands and three other people made for a locked exit.
With Bryant covering the exit, people had started to crouch down in corners. One lady, Gwyn Neader, made a run for it and was tragically shot in the
head as she tried to move past Bryant, while Peter Crosswell recieved a round to his buttock as he was hiding under a dsiplay table.
Another man Jason Winter, thought he heard Bryant leave the building, or comment about leaving the building, but when he emerged from cover Bryant
shot him in the neck and chest. Two people hiding with Winter under a table were lucky enough to recieve only shrapnel injuries.
Bryant left the gift shop, then returned with a loaded weapon (unknown what exactly happened here), where he came across the five people who had made
for the locked exit. He killed three of them, one lady was shielded by her husband as he lay on top of her. Another man had the weapon pointed at him,
but the magazine had again run out. He then reloaded an exited the gift shop.
Now, 20 people were dead and 29 rounds (reported as 29 )had been fired, all in the space of 90-120 seconds.
Bryant approached where tour buses were parked and shot, and severely wounding one of the drivers, he managed to find cover but died later of his
injuries. A group of people, ushered into cover by an employee of the historic site were also shot at, but nobody was hit. Two other people guiding a
group behind the buses were both shot. One lady recieved a round to her thigh, while a man was hit by fragments of the womans thigh bone. Both were
able to escape and lived.
Another group of people hiding behind a coach, were shot at, one lady Winifred Alpin shot in side, while another escaped with a grazed cheek bone, by
hiding in a bus.
One couple trying to flee this area were shot at. Janet Quinn was shot in the back and was left unable to move on the ground near another man Royce
Thompson. Doug Hutchison almost ran into Bryant and was shot in the arm. He managed to run in the opposite direction and flee to safety.
At this point Bryant went to his vehicle and retrieved his FN FAL assault rifle, briefly sitting in his vehicle, before then getting out and firing at
a lady hiding in nearby ruins.
He then went back to where he had shot Janet Quinn, and again shot her in the back. This time fatally. Bryant then entered a bus and shot Elva Gaylard
in the chest killing her instantly. On a coach opposite to this, Gordon Francis rushed to close the door to the coach. Bryant shot him too, but he
survived. Janet Quinns husband returned to look for his wife, but was shot in the neck. He survived but his wife finally died in his arms soon
Bryant got in his car and drove towards the toll booth where he encountered a mother and two children who had run from the area. Thinking Bryant was a
good samaritan they stopped. He got out of the car, forced the mother to her knees and shot her at point blank range in the temple.
Bryant drove up to the toll booth where there were several vehicles and blocked a BMW. The car was owned by Mary Rose Nixon. The car, driven by
Russell James Pollard, was also occupied by Helene and Robert Graham Salzmann. An argument with Robert Salzmann ensued, and Bryant took out the FAL
and shot Salzmann at point blank range, killing him. Pollard emerged from the BMW and went towards Bryant, who shot him in the chest, killing him.
More cars then arrived, seeing this, but were quickly able to reverse back up the road. Bryant then moved to the BMW and pulled Nixon and Helene
Salzmann from the car and shot them dead, dragging their bodies onto the road. Bryant transferred ammunition, handcuffs, the AR-15 rifle and a fuel
container to the BMW. Mary Nixon, Russell Pollard, and Helene Salzmann, as well as Graham Salzmann, are the people Bryant was charged with killing at
the toll booth.
Another car then came towards the toll booth and Bryant shot at it. The driver, Graham Sutherland, was hit with glass. A second bullet hit the
driver's door. The car quickly reversed back up the road and left. Bryant then got into the BMW having left behind a number of items in his Volvo,
including a shotgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Graham Sutherland, who just had been shot at in his car, reversed back up the road and drove to the service station close by, where he tried to inform
people what was happening. Bryant drove up to the service station and cut off a white Toyota Corolla that was attempting to exit onto the highway.
Glenn Pears was driving the car with girlfriend Zoe Hall in the passenger seat. Bryant quickly exited the car with his rifle in hand and tried to
pull Hall from the car. Pears got out of the car and approached Bryant. Bryant pointed the gun at Pears and pushed him backwards, eventually directing
him into the now open boot of the BMW, locking Pears inside.
Bryant then moved back to the passenger side of the Corolla as Hall attempted to climb over to the driver's seat. Bryant raised his rifle and
fired three shots, killing her. Many people around the service station saw this and ran to hide in nearby bushland. The service station attendant
told everyone to lie down and he locked the main doors. He grabbed his rifle, but by the time he could retrieve some ammunition and load his gun,
Bryant was back in his car and gone. A police officer arrived several minutes later and then went in the direction of Bryant
(Apologies, it got to long to continue writing, so the last part was taken from wikipedia)
He then hid in the guest house where the killing started, and was soon captured after a stand off with police.
Soon I will be discussing the things that contradicted the official story of what happened on that day, and some of the bizzare decisions and
incidents that preceded the event