Myall Creek – a story of massacre and memorial

April 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Learn about the devastating massacre of Wirrayaraay people at Myall Creek in 1838, subsequent court cases, and recent memorial

About this Event

Ngiyani winangay ganunga – We remember them

The Myall Creek massacre is part of the true history of Australia. It was not the first nor sadly the last massacre of Aboriginal people in Australia. What was different from other similarly awful events was that the subsequent NSW Supreme Court case set a judicial precedent – the first practical expression of the legal principal that colonisers could not necessarily get away with mass murder.

Keith Munroe, Co-chair of the National Committee of the Friends of Myall Creek, will explain and inform about the massacre and court case but also explore the origins and ambitions of the memorial which opened in 2000. The memorial at Myall Creek was set up by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people – including descendants of both victims and perpetrators of the massacre – in acknowledgement of their families (and Australia’s) difficult shared history. Today the site welcomes hundreds of visitors each year, who wish to pay their respects.

This event includes discussion of very distressing events but will be presented in a way that is suitable for high-school aged students and adults. If you are a teacher of a primary-aged class and are interested in your students attending please contact the organisers to discuss, at

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This event is brought to you by the department’s Reconciliation Action Plan team and the Friends of Myall Creek. The image used above is an extract of Myall Creek Massacre (2003) by Vincent Serico held by the National Museum of Australia.