Site Name Raffles Bay, NT
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Iwaidja
Colony NSW
Present State/Territory NT
Police District Sydney
Latitude -11.253
Longitude 132.421
Date 30 Jul 1827
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 30
Victims Killed Notes Killed: 30 men, women and children. Wounded: men and women.
Attackers Colonisers: Foot soldiers
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: male, female; wounded: male, female.
Transport Foot
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used muskets, cannon
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. The order was carried out by Smyth and detachment of soldiers of 39th Regt.
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 ***