June gathering 2021

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

Friday program

Professor Henry Reynolds webinar 2-4pm.  Registration for the webinar at https://une.edu.au/henry.reynolds

Saturday program

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.

Sunday Program

From 10.00 meet at Myall Creek Memorial site .

10.30 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, Lyndall Ryan*.

There is no lunch provided this year.

Henry Reynolds is unable to attend this year and will seak at a Friday webinar. Historian Lyndall Ryan is the year’s speaker on the Sunday.

Professor Lyndall Ryan is a leading academic on Aboriginal, Australian and Feminist history, a Foundation Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Newcastle (UON) and of the Study of Violence Centre within the Faculty of Education and Arts.

Her illustrious career spans 50 years and includes election to the Australian Academy of Humanities and membership of the ARC College of Experts. Earlier this year, Lyndall was awarded an AM for services to Australian historical research.


Why Weren't We Told? by Henry Reynolds
  • 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.