Myall Creek 180th Anniversary

Posted: June 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

SVM had the privilege of documenting community events for the Myall Creek 180th Anniversary Gathering over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend: a one day symposium at the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England; the opening night of the Myall Creek and Beyond exhibition at the New England Regional Art Museum and the gathering of around 1000 people at the Myall Creek Memorial.
Myall Creek was the site of the massacre of 28 Aboriginal men, women and children by stockmen in 1838. It is also one of the few instances, in what we call the Frontier Wars, where the perpetrators were brought to justice – tried in a famous court cased that lead to the hanging of some of the men who committed the atrocity.

For 20 years now a group of descendants of the survivors and perpetrators and other supporters have built the annual event that begins at the Myall Creek Hall and sees people make the walk along the memorial trail, ending at the memorial site.

A powerful tribute to those who lost their lives and to the efforts of many towards reconciliation between Australia’s First Nations peoples and the European settlers/invaders.

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