Myall Creek and Beyond
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. Although there were many other massacres of indigenous people that occurred during the Frontier Wars across Australia, this one had special significance because it was the only time when white men were, arrested, charged and hung for the massacre of Aborigines, following a police investigation.
On 10th June 2000 the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial was unveiled as a unique reconciliation memorial. The site was added to the Commonwealth Government’s National heritage Register in 2008. Every June, the Friends of Myall Creek Memorial organise a Commemoration Service at the Myall Creek Memorial Hall and the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial which attracts visitors from around Australia for a solemn event based upon acknowledging our joint history.
Myall Creek and Beyond aimed to bring together a group of leading indigenous contemporary writers, curators, historians and artists to work with the local community to research and create new works which will explore the issues and complexities of this historic event and its aftermath.
The Regional Arts Fund was used in stage one of this project to support Aboriginal artists to attend on-site artist residencies at Myall Creek and New England Regional Arts Museum to conduct research an field work for the purpose of developing new and responsive artwork for exhibition.
Cultural & Economic Impacts
- Employment of artists and arts workers to produce cultural content
- Opportunity for hands-on participation through workshops & professional development
- In-depth discourse and research through talks and a symposium
- Partnerships between New England Regional Art Museum, the Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place, UNE, Friends of Myall Creek Memorial, Beyond Empathy and Arts North West
- Engagement of the local regional and broader NSW community, and an increased awareness and participation in the Myall Creek annual memorial commemoration
- Attracted recognition of the Myall Creek memorial and it’s vision to be a convergence point for reconciliation
For more information visit the New England Regional Art Museum.