June Gathering 2022

Passing through the cleansing smoke on the memorial walk

A wonderful commemoration day full of sorrow, sadness and hope.

Great turn out for the Service of Commemoration today. A solemn but Wonderful time to catch up with so many friends and acquaintances and to acknowledge the history of injustice.

A huge crowd of approximately 500 gathered again this year for the annual commemoration service of the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial, remembering a dark and uncomfortable chapter of Australia’s history. Acknowledging our past is fundamental to reconciliation and I was so pleased to see people from all walks of life, young and old, present today to pay their respects and commemorate.

Adele Chapman Burgess, Aboriginal member national committee.

Watching the memorial ceremony
Ceremony at the memorial rock.

Feedback from Wendy, a first-time visitor to the site and to the June commemoration

I am writing to thank you so much for an extraordinary and very touching experience at Myall Creek on the long weekend – I shall not forget it. Along with other loving and caring people what a deeply fulfilling and sacred endeavour, to actually hear some of the pain and torment the Aboriginal mobs have had to live through and survive since colonial settlement and act upon it in such a gracious and dignified way. There are so many aspects that are deeply moving and deeply respectful – the design and layout, and infrastructure, the beauty, the peace and of course the whole structure of the events on Sunday. The ceremony is carried out with enormous reverence. Unforgettable. 

More photos …

Aboriginal dancers in the new amphitheatre

Aunty Sue Blacklock

New honorary life members Roger Knox and Paulette Hayes.