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 this special 180th year commemoration and make the pilgrimage to Myall Creek?
The Friends of Myall Creek
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.
2018 June gathering is the 180th year commemoration, and falls on the same day, June 10th.
Go to June Ceremony for the program for the weekend.
NBN News report for 2017
Mark Tedeschi AM QC speaking on War Crimes and Genocide at the annual Myall Creek Memorial Gathering for those who died in the Myall Creek massacre of 1838.