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New England Regional Art Museum | Second Lecture Planned for 'Murder at Myall Creek'

Image: Courtesy of Friends of Myall Creek.

The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) is scheduling a second public lecture on the subject of the Myall Creek Massacre after the first lecture was completely booked out.

The talk  Murder at Myall Creek: the trial that defined a nation by author, barrister and prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC is being held at NERAM at 6.00pm on the evening of Saturday 25 February and now a second lecture is being held at 10.30am on the morning of Sunday 26 February 2017.

“We have been delighted by the level of interest shown by the local community in finding out more about this terrible event in our region’s past and how it impacted upon Australian history,” said Robert Heather, Director of the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM).  “Mark Tedeschi is a leading member of New South Wales’ legal community and brings a unique perspective to this event in his writing and in this lecture.”

On the afternoon of Sunday 10 June 1838 a group of eleven convicts and ex-convict stockmen led by a squatter, brutally slaughtered a group of twenty-eight Aboriginal men, women and children who were camped peacefully at the station of Myall Creek in the New England region.

The perpetrators of this massacre were hunted down and convicted for murder in a trial that created enormous controversy at the time because it was virtually unknown for Europeans to be charged with murder for killing Aboriginals.

The New England Regional Art Museum is presenting this special lecture in partnership with the Friends of Myall Creek with the aim of launching a New England chapter of the Friends of Myall Creek, who on the anniversary of the massacre in June every year present a special reconciliation event at the Myall Creek ANZAC Memorial Hall, followed by a walk to the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial and a solemn ceremony at the memorial which is attended by hundreds of people from around Australia and the world.

Mark Tedeschi QC has been the Senior Crown Prosecutor in New South Wales for 15 years and is the President of the Australian Association of Crown Prosecutors, and he has appeared in some of the most significant criminal cases in Australia. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books Eugenia and Kidnapped and has published many articles on history, genealogy, photography and horticulture. In 2016 his book Murder at Myall Creek was published by Simon and Schuster Australia.

The evening event (Saturday 25 February 2017) will include a Welcome to Country by Uncle Bill Vale, the launch of the New England chapter of the Friends of Myall Creek by Rev.  Ivan Roberts and a book signing by the author. Closing remarks will be by Marcelle Burns, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, School of Law, University of New England.

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