Site Name Rufus River, Lake Victoria, near SA border
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Marawara
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NSW
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -34.049,141.274,0
Date 27 Aug 1841
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 30
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 30+, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Attacker Category Settler / Stockmen
Attacker Details 70 heavily armed men.
Motive Revenge for two successful attacks on a party of eleven whites on the banks of the Murray on the Adelaide to Sydney stock route on 16 April 1841.
Type Of Motive Reprisal for attack
Weapons Used
Narrative Following Aboriginal attacks on 11 overlanders at the Murray River, a punitive expedition of 70 heavily armed men were deployed to Rufus River by SA Gov George Grey to 'clear the area' of Aboriginal people.
Sources Grey to Russell, May 29, 1841, NSW GovernorsÂ’ Despatches, ML A1197, vol.16.: Burke et al. 2016:152-3 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***