www.monumentaustralia.org.au

Myall Creek MassacrePrint Page Print this page

Myall Creek Massacre Memorial
Myall Creek Massacre Memorial

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Glen Yeomans

A monument commemorates the unprovoked massacre of about twenty-eight Wirrayaraay women, children and old men by a group of stockmen in 1838. This is the only massacre for which Europeans were charged, found guilty and punished. Seven men were found guilty of murder and hung. The path to the main memorial is marked by memorial plaques.

In early May 1838, a group of about 40 Aboriginal people set up camp on Henry Dangar's Myall Creek station. A posse of European stockmen and squatters arrived one day seeking revenge for cattle losses. The Aboriginal people at the property had no involvement in these attacks on stock. Despite this knowledge the men cold bloodedly killed 28 old men, women and children and later another three. Children were decapitated and people hacked to death. A young women was forced to witness her people being killed and was then repeatedly brutalised.

Governor Gipps ordered an investigation into the massacre with a view to prosecution. There was a great deal of public anger towards the government over this decision. In the initial trial the eleven men were found not guilty. In the retrial, seven men were charged with murder and sentenced to be hung. The Memorial has great symbolic significance for the reconciliation of Aboriginal and other Australians. At the dedication on 10 June 2000, descendants of those who were murdered, and descendants of those who carried out the massacre came together in an act of personal reconciliation.

Location

Address:Reserve Creek Road, Myall Creek, Via Delungra- Ashford Road, Myall Creek, 2404
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.775347
Long: 150.716436
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map

Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Indigenous
Actual Event STart Date:09-June-1883
Actual Event End Date:09-June-1883

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 10th June, 2000
Front Inscription

IN MEMORY OF THE WIRRAYARAAY PEOPLE WHO 
WERE MURDERED ON THE SLOPES OF THIS RIDGE 
IN AN UNPROVOKED BUT PREMEDITATED ACT IN 
THE LATE AFTERNOON OF 10 JUNE, 1838

ERECTED ON 10 JUNE 2000 BY A GROUP OF 
ABORIGINAL AND NON-ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS 
IN AN ACT OF RECONCILITAION, AND IN 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE TRUTH OF
OUR SHARED HISTORY


WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
NGIYANI WINAGAY GANUNGA

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
Proudly sponsored by UBC Web Design