This year marks a significant milestone for the Myall Creek Memorial, being the 20th Anniversary of the Annual Gathering.
Sadly, after consultation with our Elders, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Gathering due to the Corona virus pandemic.
However, we are pleased to advise we are preparing a ‘Virtual Annual Gathering’ so that those who attend each year, and those who may be interested to learn more about the Memorial, may experience our ‘Gathering’ on-line from home. This will be posted on our website www.myallcreek.org in the week leading up to the 10th June, the anniversary of the massacre in 1838.
Other ways you can participate in this reconciliation journey with us are by:
- Inviting students to submit a creative work for our Thoughts ‘n’ Dreams competition
- Taking a virtual sound-tour of the Memorial
- Watching a short-film, or two
- Joining or creating a Friends group
See below for more details.
Each year hundreds of people from across the country gather on the Sunday of the June long weekend to commemorate the unprovoked massacre of twenty-eight Wirrayaraay women, children and old men by a group of stockmen on Myall Creek Station in 1838.
The Myall Creek Memorial was erected in June 2000 by a group of Aboriginal and other people working together in an act of reconciliation. Since then, the National Heritage listed massacre site and Memorial has become an icon for healing and reconciliation across the nation.
Last year, the Friends of Myall Creek Memorial secured a NSW Government grant from its Regional Cultural Fund for more than $1 million to complete the next stage of its ambitious Myall Creek Cultural and Education Precinct at the memorial site. An update on the works is below.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
The AGM’s for the Friends of Myall Creek have always been held as part of our Annual Gathering. Until now, they have provided the perfect way for us to easily meet and consider the past year, our progress and work ahead.
Instead, we will now organise a virtual AGM, with phone and internet access for members. We will be in touch in a few months time with the details.
We will also be in touch with news about the ‘Virtual Annual Gathering’ and the completion and official opening of the new facilities.
Keith Munro and Ivan Roberts
Co-Chairs, National Committee
Friends of Myall Creek