Site Name Rufus River, Lake Victoria
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Maraura
Colony SA
Present State/Territory SA
Police District Adelaide
Latitude -34.049
Longitude 141.274
Date 27 Aug 1841
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 30
Victims Killed Notes Killed: M 30+, F; Probable: M F; Possible: M F; Wounded: M F
Attackers Colonisers: Settler, Stockman
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes Killed: M F; Wounded: M F
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used carbine, bayonet, pistol
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 ***