20th Anniversary Virtual Commemoration Ceremony

20th Anniversary Virtual Commemoration Ceremony

Dear friends,

The Friends of Myall Creek Memorial thank you for your interest and support as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Memorial, dedicated in 2000 to the memory of the 28 Wirrayaraay people murdered at Myall Creek on the 10th June 1838.

For those new to the Myall Creek Memorial, each year hundreds of people, including many school communities, gather to acknowledge this dark page in our nation’s history and to commit themselves to healing the wounds of the past in order to create a more just and fairer society.

Although we are unable to meet in person on Gomeroi country this year, we can gather together in spirit through a virtual on-line commemoration including elements from the normal gathering we hold at Myall Creek.

We therefore invite you now to journey with us in spirit to the land of the Gomeroi people to whom we pay our respect for their culture, and to their elders’ past, present and future.

As we do, we encourage you to also remember and acknowledge the original custodians on whose land you are at this moment. Remember also that the National and NSW State heritage listed memorial is an icon for the frontier violence and dispossession that occurred right across the continent and Tasmania.

Through sharing in this simple but moving commemoration, acknowledge also the ongoing impact for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the dispossession of their lands, and the benefits gained by non-indigenous people from this dispossession.

Thank you for joining us in remembering that ‘the path to our future passes through our past.’

Sincerely yours,
Keith Munro and Ivan Roberts
Co-Chairs, National Committee
Friends of Myall Creek