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.
The 1838 Myall Creek Massacre
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?
‘The path to our future passes through the past.’
Promotion video https://vimeo.com/220926163/0089f5754c
Australian Online Massacre Map https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/colonialmassacres/map.php
NBN News report for 2018
Why not set up a Myall Creek Friends group in your area?
Myall Creek belongs to all of us.
In 2003, the Sydney Friends of Myall Creek was set up to help tell the story. We were not many, but the few working together we found can be amazingly effective.
How to set up a group
All that is need is for someone to be the link person. Their name(s) can then be put on the website, with contact details.
The charter for Friends Groups is at all times to support and be accountable to the National Committee. Part of this is to give feedback and offer suggestions.
For further information contact Graeme Cordiner from Sydney Friends.