The Myall Creek Massacre Memorial is a healing place. This is our second pilgrimage out to Bingara to participate in the memorial commemoration. A pilgrimage for every Australian who cares about our shared history and acknowledges white Australian has a black history. Being the 180th Anniversary since the Massacre we had the opportunity to participate in a full day symposium at the Universary of New England on Friday and I met Bruce Pascoe who gave the key note address. I had read his original Dark Emu but the latest edition has so much more in it as more and more information comes to light. Thank you Bruce Pascoe for inverting almost everything I thought I knew about pre-colonial Australia. It makes us all richer. My poem shared history, I read at the memorial will be published in The Good Oil SGS later in June.
Thank you also to Lyndall Ryan for her tenacity at research on Mapping the Massacres. with her new interactive map. When my sister, Margaret Hede, sent me a map a year ago of Lyndall’s work I was stunned, blown away as the saying goes and to meet her and listen to the next stage of her work was uplifting. One can google Map of massacres to find lots of information.
Photos below of Bruce Pascoe and Lyndall Ryan amd yours truly with Bruce’s updated book
The next two photos below show over 1000 people gathering at Myall Creek and holding my Grandson’s winning entry in the Children’s’ Vision and Dreams for the Future Competition . Thomas Keating-Jones lives in England but i am proud of my daughter Elizabeth assisting him to enter and helping him understand the word Empathy.