Site Name Raffles Bay, NT
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Iwaidja
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NT
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -11.253,132.421,0
Date 30 Jul 1827
Attack Time Daylight
Aboriginal People Killed 30
Aboriginal People Killed Notes Killed: M 30 men, women and children, 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
Attacker Details Capt. Henry Smyth and detachment of soldiers of 39th Regt on foot and armed with an 18 pounder cannon.
Motive Reprisal
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used Firearms, muskets, canon
Narrative Captain Henry Smyth 39th Regiment, commandant at the British Settlement at Fort Wellington, ?exasperated by ?habitual pilfering? by the Iwaidja, ?and following the wounding of a soldier ? responded by ordering an indiscriminate attack? on the Iwaidja encampment with an 18 pounder cannon and killed up to 30 men, women and children.
Sources HRA, III, v:816-20; HRA III, vi:.777; NLA AJCP Reel M793 f278; Wilson 1968: 148; Mulvaney 1989: 69; Connor 2002: 74; McKenna 2016: 73 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***