More than 300 at Myall Creek massacre commemorative service


More than 300 people from a wide area gathered at the Myall Creek Memorial site on 9 June morning for an annual service commemorating the massacre of at least 28 Aboriginal men, women and children on 10 June 1838.

It was the first massacre of Aboriginal people for which British perpetrators were executed.

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.

Click here for an SBS video about white and Aboriginal descendants of the killers and the killed reconciling.

Myall Creek was the only time those responsible were arrested, charged and hanged.

The exact death toll of the massacre has not been established. 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.

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