This year the commemoration will be over two days.
On Saturday June 12th there will be a special concert marking the opening of the just-completed stage 2 of the memorial, a cultural space with amphitheatre, Aboriginal garden, shade shelter plus car park and facilities, funded by the NSW Government through Create NSW with generous assistance from Gwydir Shire Council..
On the Sunday June 13th will be the ceremony (see at bottom).
Need a lift?
Coach Tour to Myall Creek Memorial 2021: Starting at Wagga Wagga, linking with Sydney people in Dubbo, experience the Myall Creek Memorial Annual Gathering from base in Moree. Seats still available
Meet at the Myall Creek Memorial precinct up on the hill.
There will be lunch available for purchase from 12. Consider coming earlier and walking the Memorial walk in quiet, allowing you time for your own reflections as at the Sunday event there will be hundreds walking with you.
The concert is from 1pm and will finish by 4 to allow time for people to return to their accommodation before dark.
From 9.00 meet at Myall Creek Hall down on the flat, on the other side of the creek to the Myall Creek Memorial, for a brief morning tea as you arrive and welcome to country and to Myall Creek. .
9.45 walk together (if necessary drive) across Myall Creek bridge up to the Memorial precinct amphitheatre for the beginning of the ceremony with dance and song, introductions and acknowledgments, and short talks.
Move across to the beginning of the Memorial walk where there is a smoking cleansing ceremony. Then walk the Memorial walk, with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students reading out the plaques along the path which tell the story in Gomeroi and English.
At the large Memorial rock, a ceremony including this year’s speaker, Henry Reynolds*.
After the ceremony, return to the hall for lunch. The Myall Creek CWA provide lunch for purchase on the day. Often there is some spontaneous dance and song during and after lunch.
- Henry Reynolds is the author of fourteen books, including An Indelible Stain?, The Other Side of the Frontier, Black Pioneers, Fate of a Free People, This Whispering in Our Hearts and the award-winning Why Weren’t We Told? Born in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1938, Henry taught in secondary schools in Australia and England after receiving a Master of Arts from the University of Tasmania, and for many years was on the teaching staff in the history department of James Cook University in Townsville. He is currently Research Professor at the University of Tasmania and is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Senior Research Fellowship.