Site Name Avenue Range station, near Guichen Bay
Aboriginal Place Name
Language Group Wattatonga
Colony SA
Present State/Territory SA
Police District
Coordinates (imprecise to approx. 250m) -36.942,140.140,0
Date Between 1 Nov 1848 and 30 Nov 1848
Attack Time day
Aboriginal People Killed 9
Aboriginal People Killed Notes an old man, 'blind and infirm', 3 women, 2 teenage girls, 3 female children
Non-Aboriginal People Killed 0
Non-Aboriginal People Killed Notes
Attacker Category settler plus 2 employees
Attacker Details
Motive
Type Of Motive unknown
Weapons Used muskets
Notes
Narrative Perpetrator James Brown +2 employees shot and killed 8 Aborignal people and burnt the bodies. Brown was charged but never tried and the employees absconded. The end part of the massacre was witnessed by a white man who disappeared after reporting the incident and an Aboriginal man who also disappeared and was probably killed before he could be subpoenaed to give evidence at the trial.
Sources Foster et al 2001:78-80 (Sources PDF)
Corroboration Rating ***