Rufus River massacre
|Rufus River Massacre|
|British colonists||Aboriginal Australians|
|Commanders and leaders|
Sub. Inspect. Shaw
|Casualties and losses|
|None||30 to 40|
The Rufus River Massacre was a massacre of Aboriginals that took place in 1841 along the Rufus River near Wentworth, Australia. It was the result of six months of guerrilla warfare by the local Aboriginal people, who blocked an overlander route through their land. The cause of much of the trouble with the Aboriginal groups was the Europeans engaging in sexual relations with the women without giving the food and clothing promised first. In partial response, the Aboriginal groups stole some European sheep.
- Mattingley C. & Hampton K. (1988), Survival in Our Own Land, p.38-40
- "The Rufus River Massacre", Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples
- "Inquiry into the circumstances attending the death of a number of natives on the Murray". South Australian Register. 25 September 1841. p. 3-4 – via Trove.
- Sign Sites - Palmer Gardens / Pangki Pangki, City of Adelaide