Murder at Myall Creek: the trial that defined a nation
New England Regional Art Museum
25 February 2017 @ 6pm
Public lecture and book signing by author, barrister and prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC
The evening event (Saturday 25 February 2017) will include a Welcome to Country by Uncle Bill Vale, the launch of the New England chapter of the Friends of Myall Creek by Rev. Ivan Roberts and a book signing by the author. Closing remarks will be by Marcelle Burns, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, School of Law, University of New England.
On the afternoon of Sunday 10 June 1838 a group of eleven convicts and ex-convict stockmen led by a squatter, brutally slaughtered a group of twenty-eight Aboriginal men, women and children who were camped peacefully at the station of Myall Creek in the New England region.
The perpetrators of this massacre were hunted down and convicted for murder in a trial that created enormous controversy at the time because it was virtually unknown for Europeans to be charged with murder for killing Aboriginals.
Mark Tedeschi QC has been the Senior Crown Prosecutor in New South Wales for 15 years and is the President of the Australian Association of Crown Prosecutors, and he has appeared in some of the most significant criminal cases in Australia. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books Eugenia and Kidnapped and has published many articles on history, genealogy, photography and horticulture. In 2016 his book Murder at Myall Creek was published by Simon and Schuster Australia.
Ticket price: entry by donation
Facilities: Wheelchair access, Disabled amenities