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Fatal encounter with Aboriginal people on the Murray
Title : Fatal encounter with Aboriginal people on the Murray Fatal encounter with Aboriginal people on the Murray
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Source : The South Australian register 11 September 1841
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Robert Thomas & Co.
Date of creation : 1839-1900
Format : Newspaper
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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In August 1841, the Aboriginal community at the Rufus River attacked William Robinson's party of 25 men overlanding some 6000 sheep and other stock. About 15 Aboriginal people were killed. The next day a relief party sent out from Adelaide joined them and following an attack while fording the river, a further 30 Aboriginal people were killed, while a number were wounded and four were taken prisoner. This incident has become known as the Rufus River massacre, and a government enquiry was held.

Related names :

Robinson, William, 1814-1889

Coverage year : 1841
Place : River Murray
Further reading :

Glenie, Pat and Brian The Rufus River "massacre" (or was it?) [Renmark, S. Aust.: P. and B. Glenie, 1993]

Wigley, Margaret 'Ready Money' : the life of William Robinson of Hill River, South Australia and Cheviot Hills, North Canterbury Christchurch, N.Z.: Canterbury University Press, 2006

William Robinson Pastoral pioneers of South Australia by Rodney Cockburn Blackwood, S.A.: Lynton Publications, [1974] vol. 2 p. 256

Internet links :

University of Adelaide Library Electronic Texts Collection: Eyre, Edward John. 'An account of the manners and customs of the Aborigines and the state of their relations with Europeans' Originally published with Journals of expeditions of discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in the years 1840-1.

Dictionary of New Zealand biography: Click on 'Find' and search for Robinson, William 1814-1889

Treasures of the State Library: Overlanders crossing the Murray

William Robinson [portrait]




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