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
Attacker Details 70 heavily armed men.
Motive Reprisal
Type Of Motive
Weapons Used
Narrative Following Aboriginal attacks on 11 overlanders at the Murray River on 16 April 1841, 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 Governors? Despatches, ML A1197, vol.16.: Burke et al. 2016:152-3 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***