After consultation with elders, the Friends of Myall Creek National Committee made the decision to cancel the Myall Creek Memorial 2020, which was to be held this Sunday 7th June.
What was to have been the Myall Creek Memorial 20th Anniversary Weekend has had to be deferred to next year. For the hundreds of visitors that attend the ceremony annually, the deferral of this year’s ceremony is a great disappointment says Committee member, Jo Miller. There will however be a tribute of sorts made via the Friends of Myall Creek website.
“We have just been putting together a video which will be put on the website (www.myallcreek.org). We were trying to keep it like a shortened version of the ceremony, with a Welcome from Aunt Sue (Blacklock) and an introduction from the Co-Chairs, Ivan Roberts and Keith Munro.
Two performers, Anna and Andrew Simpson and Uncle Roger Knox were performing their songs on Myall Creek,” said Jo.
“From there it will go into the eight schools who regularly participate in or attend the ceremony; Bingara Central School, Moree East Public School, Warialda High School, Inverell High School, The Clontarf Foundation, Tingha Public School, Glen Innes High School, Radford College (ACT) and Somerset College (Qld).” Different committee members, past and present, are then to add contributions to complete the video.
In sad news, Gomeroi elder Uncle Lyall Munro Snr, who had been instrumental in advocating for Aboriginal rights and pivotal to the establishment of the Myall Creek Memorial, passed away last week.
Northern Tablelands MP, Adam Marshall paid tribute to Mr Munro, extending condolences to his family and noting his contribution to the advocacy of Aboriginal people. “As a descendant of the victims and survivors of the Myall Creek Massacre, Uncle Lyall was also a founding member of the Myall Creek Memorial Committee, which has developed a fitting tribute and memorial at the massacre site over the past two decades,” said Mr Marshall.