180th year commemoration of Myall Creek massacre


The Myall Creek Massacre was only one of countless massacres of the Frontier Wars right across Australia, from the earliest days of British settlement well into the twentieth century. It was the only case of perpetrators arrested, charged and hanged.

By Friends of Myall Creek

Late Sunday afternoon on June 10th 1838, a gang of 12 stockmen brutally slaughtered 28 Aboriginal men, women and children who had been camping peacefully on the Myall Creek cattle station in northern N.S.W.

The Myall Creek Massacre was only one of the countless massacres of the Frontier Wars right across Australia, from the earliest days of British settlement well into the twentieth century. Myall Creek was the only time those responsible were arrested, charged and hung for the crime. Thoroughly investigated and documented in court records, it is irrefutable evidence of not just this massacre but also just how commonplace such massacres were.

Its unique place in our history was acknowledged by the building of a Myall Creek Memorial at the site, unveiled on 10th June 2000. The Federal and NSW State Governments have added the site to their National Heritage Lists.

A commemorative service is held annually at the site each June long weekend. Why not join us this special 180th year commemoration and make the pilgrimage to Myall Creek?

If you cannot join us but want to support the 180th commemoration, perhaps consider making a tax deductible donation towards the occasion through Starfish Foundation:


OR for bank transfer or cheque contact gscordiner@hotmail.com

The Friends of Myall Creek

The Friends of Myall Creek seek to raise awareness of the Myall Creek Massacre to assist in the journey of reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians. Our firm belief is that a vital step in this journey is gaining a knowledge and understanding of the truth of our shared history.

2018 June gathering is the 180th year commemoration, and falls on the same day, June 10th.
Go to June Ceremony for the program for the weekend.

NBN News report for 2017

Mark Tedeschi AM QC speaking on War Crimes and Genocide at the annual Myall Creek Memorial Gathering for those who died in the Myall Creek massacre of 1838.


'The path to our future passes through the past.'

Other coverage:

Australia’s frontier war killings still conveniently escape official memory

'But change is inevitable. The commemoration of the Myall Creek massacre is emblematic of a broader push for recognition'

A harrowing reminder of Australia’s colonial violence - www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/myall-creek-massacre-1838

Explainer: What was the Myall Creek Massacre? - www.sbs.com.au/nitv/explainer/explainer-what-was-myall-creek-massacre

One of the most well known examples of frontier war violence, the Myall Creek Massacre is often remembered as the first case where the European perpetrators were brought to trial and eventually hanged for the murders of Aboriginal people.

The importance of Myall Creek massacre is mainly political - wikipedia.org/wiki/Myall_Creek_massacre


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