Tale Weaver’s Prompt #7 – A Piece of History – The Myall Creek Massacre 1838

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They’re a bloody nuisance.

They wander about, through our flocks

They steal our crops

What I don’t get is they have this connection with the land and yet I don’t see any evidence of them owning anything.

There are no fences.

You ask them and they point at rocks and trees and creeks.

They are blight on this land. What good are they?

They have no modesty.

They are never in the same place; every time I go out I have to find them all over again.

They don’t grow anything.

They jabber away I never know what they are saying.

They are ignorant savages.

And black.

Though their women are all right, I can go for some of that black velvet.

Tomorrow lads, we act.

But the law, what about the law.

We are at Myall Creek we’re days away from the law.

And who among us is going to tell?

That’s a good point.

We do it on one action, no witnesses, no survivors, we burn the bodies.

No one will ever know.

Ever know.

 

Myall Creek Massacre involved the killing of up to 30 unarmed Indigenous Australians by ten white Europeans and one black African on 10 June 1838 at the Myall Creek near Bingara in northern New South Wales.[1] After two trials, seven of the 11 colonists involved in the killings were found guilty of murder and hanged.

 

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28 Responses to Tale Weaver’s Prompt #7 – A Piece of History – The Myall Creek Massacre 1838

  1. Lyn says:

    Very, very sad. All the murders of our indigenous Australians in our past have been atrocious. Tasmania, Bathurst, Risdon Cove, Portland (Victoria), Waterloo Creek to name just a few 😦

  2. Honestly and painfully written – and sadly, so familiar – same thing could have been said here in the USA about the many, many massacres of Native Americans. Except, generally, the Native Americans never received justice.

    Thank you for this wonderful work — so well done.

  3. Oloriel says:

    You weaved and reminded everyone of the horror that happened in the world and is still thriving today. May the dead never be forgotten.

  4. Such an immense tragedy Michael, heart-breaking

  5. CC Champagne says:

    Uuuuusch! (Swedish yuck-ish kind of expression) How brutally we keep on treating people who are different… Beautiful write, powerful description of events!

  6. Pointless, useless as with any unprovoked, premeditated attack. Strong write.

  7. Suzanne says:

    This is a good post. It was interesting to read of the outcome – one of the few such massacres where the perpetrators were punished (not that I’m in favour of hanging 😦 )

    • Thanks Suzanne yes there were not many cases that came to the public eye. Many such atrocities were done without any fear of authority discovering what had happened until years later.

  8. Bastet says:

    Ah…the horror of prejudice and xenophobia…it’s so sad that where the Europeans went this is the plant they so often planted harvesting sorrow, shame and injustice.

  9. JackieP says:

    This brought back so many memories of history Michael. Here in the states, canada, everywhere really. One type of men think they are better than others, just because they are basically afraid of them, they don’t understand them, so are afraid. So they kill that which frightens them. Being part Native American, this hits home hard. You wrote it well.

  10. I have to thank you for educating me on this though terribly terribly sad x

  11. RoSy says:

    So sad how people can hate/hurt/kill others for simply not understanding them – not for any wrong-doing or for harming others – just for being different.

  12. Very sad and real, Michael. It’s interesting my first thoughts, if I do write here, is in the voice of our First Nations People. Good that you shared a tragedy that must never be forgotten:(

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