A delegation from the Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group (WRG) travelled to Myall Creek over the weekend to take part in the 180th year commemoration of the Myall Creek massacre.
Following on from National Reconciliation Week 2018 with the theme "Don't let History be a Mystery. Learn. Share. Grow." when the 1967 Referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision were commemorated; the delegation, with a grant from the NSW Reconciliation Council, travelled to Bingara to learn more about the history of the Myall Creek massacre and the ramifications of the event.
The event occurred in 1838 where a group of 10 convict stockmen, lead by a squatter, rode onto Myall Creek Station and brutally massacred about 28 Aboriginals, in an attempt to remove them from what had become pastoral land.
The subsequent trial was the first time that the perpetrators of such crimes were brought to justice.
Following a second trial, seven men were executed.
The bronze plaque on the Myall Creek massacre memorial stone reads: “In memory of the Wirrayaraay people who were murdered on the slopes of this ridge in an unprovoked but premeditated act in the late afternoon of 10 June, 1838. Erected on 10 June 2000 by a group of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians in an act of reconciliation, and in acknowledgement of the truth of our shared history.”
WRG chairperson Kim Leevers said members hoped to learn from the act of reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people that led to the construction of the memorial as an example of how they could encourage further reconciliation in the Wingecarribee area.
By making the journey WRG supported the Friends of Myall Creek through solidarity and sharing their experiences and knowledge.
"We congratulate the Friends of Myall Creek on their achievements to date and thank them, especially Brian Donnelly, for their support in encouraging us to make this journey,” Mr Leevers said.
"We hope to be able to bring back some inspiration, some practical ideas and strategies to further promote reconciliation in our area. We hope to learn, share and grow."