The 1838 Myall Creek Massacre

Late in the afternoon on Sunday 10th June 1838, a gang of 12 stockmen brutally slaughtered a group of some 28 Aboriginal men, women and children who had been camping peacefully next to the station huts on the Myall Creek cattle station in northern N.S.W.

The Myall Creek Massacre was just one of the countless massacres in the Frontier Wars. They occured right across the country, from the earliest days of British settlement well into the twentieth century. Myall Creek stands alone in that it was the only time those responsible were arrested, charged and hanged for the crime. Thoroughly investigated and documented in court records, it provides irrefutable evidence of not just this massacre but also just how commonplace such massacres were.

Its unique place in our history has been acknowledged by the building of a Myall Creek Memorial at the site, unveiled on 10th June 2000. The Federal Government added the site to the National Heritage List in 2008.

A commemorative service is held annually at the site each June long weekend. Why not join us this year 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 and in so doing assist in the journey of reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians.

This site is the offical website of the Friends of Myall Creek.

It is our firm belief that a vital step in this journey to reconciliation is gaining a knowledge and understanding of the truth of our shared history. 

 

 'The path to our future passes through the past.'