The Avenue Range Station massacre was the murder of at least nine
Aboriginal Tanganekald people, who were shot by white settlers on the
Avenue Range pastoral station in the colony of South Australia around
September 1848, during the Australian frontier wars. Those confirmed to
have been killed were an old blind man, three women, two teenage girls,
and three female children, including a baby. The sheep farmer James
Brown (pictured) and his overseer, Eastwood, were suspected, and Brown
was charged with the murder of "unknown aboriginal natives" in March
1849. The magistrate who committed him for trial said that there was
"little question of the butchery or the butcher". Further investigation
was ordered, but by the November 1849 sittings of the Supreme Court in
the colonial capital of Adelaide, the case had been dropped. At the time
there were significant restrictions on the use of evidence given by
Aboriginal witnesses, especially where a verdict could involve capital
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