Site Name Langhorne's Ferry/Rufus River, Murray River (1)
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Maraura
Colony SA
Present State/Territory SA
Police District Adelaide
Latitude -34.046
Longitude 141.277
Date Between 1 Dec 1839 and 31 Dec 1839
Attack Time day
Victims Aboriginal People
Victims Killed 6
Victims Killed Notes 6+ M
Attackers Colonisers: Settler, stockmen
Attackers Killed 0
Attackers Killed Notes
Transport Horse
Motive Reprisal
Weapons Used bayonet, carbine, pistol
Narrative In a letter dated 12 July 1841, to his superior in Adelaide, Matthew Moorhouse, Protector of the Aborigines in South Australia, noted several incidents between the Maruara people at Langhorne Creek and unnamed overlanding parties from Sydney to Adelaide. In December 1839, 'the drays of a cattle party were attempted to be taken at [Langhorne Creek] by a group of Natives. Ten men on horseback all supplied with firearms were on the banks of the River at the time, and repelled the Natives at once by firing upon them. The Natives retreated as soon as they saw one of two of their tribe shot, but were followed for about 15 miles by those on horseback & Firing kept up the whole time.'
Sources Moorhouse to Mundy, 12 July 1841, reproduced in Burke et al. 2016:158. (Sources PDF)
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