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Following the introduction of legislation in the mid-1870s, Aboriginal people were able to give evidence in NSW courts and trackers, perhaps more than other members of the indigenous community, were called upon to take the stand.  At Tamworth on 14 February 1894, Joseph Bellilla testified at the committal hearing of Patrick Kennedy charged with stealing rations from the dwelling of William Lyne.  Constable Gardiner was the first witness and he asserted that rations were found in the house of the accused.  Bellilla corroborated his colleague’s testimony and Kennedy was committed to stand trial at Tamworth Circuit Court.  A well-travelled tracker, Bellilla had previously worked at Wagga in 1885 and Howes Valley (near Singleton) from August 1889 to May 1890 [1]The Tamworth News 20 February 1894: 2; Police Salary Register 1885 SR 11/16335 Reel 1970; 1889-1890 SR 11/16335 Reel 1970..

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1. The Tamworth News 20 February 1894: 2; Police Salary Register 1885 SR 11/16335 Reel 1970; 1889-1890 SR 11/16335 Reel 1970.

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