Myall Creek Soundtrail
This Soundtrail begins at the Myall Creek Memorial site, along the Bingara to Delungra Road.
It’s June 1838 in Myall Creek, when a squatter leads a gang of convicts to a group of Aboriginal men, women and children, and a brutal, unprovoked massacre occurs. Blood was shed, lives cruelly taken away and shrill cries for justice heard. And for once, justice was rightly served. It all came down to people like the Governor of the day, or the lone convict who resolutely refused to play a part, that helped shine a light on our national denial, and ensure that the men involved would pay for their crime.
The Myall Creek story did not finish then, and in the year 2000 hundreds of gatherers looked on as a descendant of the massacre embraced a descendant of the perpetrators, watched on by a descendant of those who had brought them to justice. It was a poignant, long-awaited moment, but with those lasting embraces, those that were condemned by their past actions were finally forgiven.
Be aware that this Soundtrail contains the voices and photos of Aboriginal people.
CREDITS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Len Payne Len Payne, Elizabeth Connors, Lyall Munro, Paulette Hayes. Narration, John Wearne. Original composition by Michael Whiticker. Welcome Farewell Narration by Rhonda Smith & Tracy Cameron. Music, Gugurrgaagaa - Kookaburra from Yugal. Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay Songs. Knew Nothing About Myall Creek Lyall Munro, Beaulah Adams, Margaret Bottom, John Brown, Peter Stewart. Music by Linsey Pollak. Massacre Des Blake, Elizabeth Connors, Paulette Hayes, Beaulah Adams and Peter Stewart. Original composition by John Warner. Sue Blacklock's Imaginings Sue Blacklock. Music, 'Bubaa ngiyaningy - Our Father', Yugal. Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay Songs. Coverage Of The Massacre Peter Steward. Readings from Rick Hutton. Denny Day Margaret Bottoms & Ian Adams. Narration by Nedine Young. Reading from Waterloo Creek by Hamish Sewell. Music; 'The Whisky Set' by Wirry Cow. John Flemming Barry Brown. Music, 'John Flemming' by Timeline. George Anderson Peter Stewart. Extracts from 'Australia On Tria'l by December Media and Essential Media and Entertainment. Narration Wendy Wearne. Why Did You Come Forward? Des Blake & Beulah Adams. Reconciliation Sue Blacklock, Margaret Bottom. Music, 'Myall Creek' by Roger Knox, Toby Martin & Jon Langford. Spirit Women Paulette Hayes, Sue Blacklock, Elizabeth Connors, Beulah Adams. Laying Of The Stone Elizabeth Connors, Paulette Hayes, Lyall Munro, Ian Adams, Beaulah Adams. Music, No More Weep for Myall Creek by Neil Murray.