Connecting Myall Creek and the Wonomo

Iain Davidson, Heather Burke, Lynley Wallis, Bryce Barker, Elizabeth Hatte, Noelene Cole

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The Myall Creek massacre of 28 Wirrayaraay people on 10 June 1838 was one of the key events in the ongoing frontier war between settlers or intruders and the various Aboriginal peoples of Australia. It was an act of brutal murder, for which 11 non-Aboriginal perpetrators were tried and seven were hanged. As Lyndall Ryan points out in chapter 5, there had been a number of mass killings of Gamilaraay3 and Wirrayaraay people in the region over the previous year, in which many hundreds of lives were lost. The Myall Creek massacre and subsequent trial had a direct impact on policing in the colony, and affected the lives of people from different Aboriginal nations across eastern Australia. Its aftermath in the region then known as Northern New South Wales (NSW), where a Native Police force was formed a decade later, was extensive. Aboriginal responses to the event in both the past and the present provide new insights, including how people from different Aboriginal groups at the time may have heard about Myall Creek and other violent clashes with white settlers, and how their families remember frontier conflict today.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRemembering the Myall Creek massacre
EditorsJane Lydon, Lyndall Ryan
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherNewSouth Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781742244198, 174224419X
ISBN (Print)9781742235752
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Copyright 2018. Published by NewSouth Publishing, University of New South Wales. Published version reproduced here with permission from the publisher.


  • Myall Creek massacre
  • Aboriginals
  • white settlers
  • murder


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