AEC asked to consider McMillan name change to remove association with Aboriginal massacres

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Dozens of people have contacted the Australian Electoral Commission seeking to change the name of the Federal electorate of McMillan. The electorate, in eastern Victoria, is named after Angus McMillan, dubbed ‘the Butcher of Gippsland’ for his role in the massacre of Aboriginal people in the 1800s. The ABC Gippsland reported the story about the moves to change the name of the electorate on 24 November, 2017 at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-24/aec-conciders-mcmillan-name-change/9183272

McMillan’s activities in colonial Gippsland have been the subject of historical research and a notable book, Thicker Than Water, History, secrets and guilt: A Memoir, Fourth Estate, 2016, by his great-great-great niece, Cal Flyn.