Friday, June 09, 2006

Bad day at Myall Creek

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted

Australia: On Saturday, June 9, 1838 (some sources say June 10), twelve European stockmen rounded up approximately 28 of about 40 Kwiambal people squatting at Henry Dangar's station at Myall Creek (a branch of the Gwydir River, near Bingara, NSW), and killed them with knives and guns.

Later they killed another three. The stockmen, who had accused the Aboriginal people of pilfering, were acquitted at a trial on November 15, but faced trial again on November 26 and were found guilty (see court transcript). Seven of the twelve murderers were executed under Governor Sir George Gipps’s authority.

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