Myall Creek Massacre: 180th Anniversary

Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre
Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre, Edited by Jane Lydon and Lyndall Ryan

Myall Creek MassacreThe 1838 Myall Creek Massacre is remembered for the brutality of the crime committed by white settlers against innocent Aboriginal men, women and children, but also because eleven of the twelve assassins were arrested and brought to trial. Amid tremendous controversy, seven were hanged. Myall Creek was not the last time the colonial administration sought to apply the law equally to Aboriginal people and settlers, but it was the last time perpetrators of a massacre were convicted and hanged.

Marking the 180th anniversary of the massacre, this book brings together leading writers, historians and artists to explore the significance of one of the most horrifying events of Australian colonialism. Thoughtful and fearless, it challenges us to look at our history without flinching as an act of remembrance and reconciliation.

Myall Creek and Beyond Symposium

The Myall Creek and Beyond symposium at the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England on Friday 8 June 2018 will include a keynote lecture by leading indigenous historian Bruce Pascoe as well as sessions exploring the national significance of the massacre from historical, legal and cultural perspectives.

Symposium presenters will include Lyndall Ryan from the University of Newcastle; Jane Lydon from University of Western Australia; Peter White from Sydney Living Museums; legal historian Cameron Moore from University of New England; Tasmanian contemporary artist Julie Gough; Yugambeh Museum CEO Rory O’Connor and Dr Fabri Blacklock from UNSW. Speakers will provide a range of perspectives on these events.

When: Friday 8 June 2018, 9am – 5pm
Where: Oorala Aboriginal Centre, University of New England
Cost: $100 full registration; $50 concession registration (students, pensioners, members Friends of Myall Creek, Members Friends of NERAM Inc; Members of the local Aboriginal community, UNE students, UNE staff and are able to attend free of charge thanks to the support received from the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England. Please register by emailing Tess Cullen at with your name, contact details and student/staff ID number and/or the community you represent and you will be sent a registration form.

For more information, including the draft program and bookings visit Myall Creek and Beyond symposium.

Myall Creek and Beyond Exhibition

The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) is developing a major new exhibition that will open on Friday 8 June 2018 in Armidale as part of a four-day long program to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre in 1838.

The NERAM exhibition Myall Creek and Beyond will feature new artworks by leading Aboriginal Australian contemporary artists Robert Andrew, Fiona Foley, Laurie Nielsen and Judy Watson and is being curated by leading Indigenous curator Bianca Beetson. These artworks were developed through an artist-in-residence program at the memorial site and within local communities in 2017 and 2018.
“The annual memorial event organised by the National Committee of the Friends of Myall Creek Memorial over the June Long Weekend has become a major event with hundreds of people making the pilgrimage to the site each year from around Australia to pay their respects to the people massacred and to make an act of reconciliation,” said Robert Heather, Art Museum Director. “We invite people to come to take part in these activities across the region and to consider and acknowledge the terrible toll of Australia’s Frontier Wars.”
“NERAM has been working with the local community across the New England region to develop awareness of the memorial event and its national significance as a site of remembrance and reconciliation.”
“We welcome the art museum’s exhibition in promoting our event” said Rev Ivan Roberts, Co-Chair of the National Committee of the Friends of Myall Creek Memorial.  “Our committee is encouraged by local initiatives committed to truth telling in history and we believe our nation’s pathway into the future passes through our past.”
The exhibition will also include a new video work by David Leha (Radical Son) and Quarralia Knox developed through a series of community workshops with young people across the New England region in April 2018.The exhibition Myall Creek and Beyond will be on display at the New England Regional Art Museum from Friday 8 June until Sunday 14 October 2018 and will be supported by an illustrated catalogue featuring essays by Guest Curator Bianca Beetson and other writers.
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