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The Appin Massacre – Remembering & Reconciliation

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Remembering the Appin Massacre
When looking back at South-Western Sydney's history, one of the saddest tales is that of the Appin Massacre. The month of April 2016, in fact, marks 200 years since this unfortunate tragedy occurred.

The Appin Massacre involved the killing of at least 14 aboriginal men women and children. These members of the Dharawal people were shot and driven over a cliff to their deaths.

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Remembering the past to create a better future

The massacre came about as part of a series of violent events between British settlers and the Aboriginal people of the area in the years leading up to 1816.

Although not present at Appin during the massacre, the New South Wales Governor of the time - Governor Lachlan Macquarie - was responsible for allowing events to take a violent turn,

As recorded in Governor Macquarie's diary, kept at the Sydney Mitchell Library, the order to proceed read in part, as follows:

"In the event of the natives making the smallest show of resistance - or refusing to surrender when called upon so to do - the officers commanding the military parties have been authorised to fire on them to compel them to surrender; hanging up on trees the bodies of such natives as may be killed on such occasions, in order to strike the greater terror into the survivors."

In the intervening 200 years attitudes have changed considerably and the event is fully recognised as the tragedy it was. To give due remembrance, the Campbelltown Arts Centre is holding a heritage forum session This will be a panel discussion examining the events that occurred.

It will also address the importance of moving into the future continuing the reconciliation and remembrance of the events that occurred.

An additional aspect of the panel discussion will look at what we as a community have learnt since these events took place, and how we have changed for the better.

This event will be held alongside the exhibition: 'With Secrecy and Despatch', that commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Appin Massacre.

Light refreshments will be provided at this free event, which will be held at the Campbelltown Arts Centre. Please RSVP to ensure your place by calling 4645 4100.

Please confirm date, venue and start time during booking to ensure you are informed of any last minute changes.

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Why? For remembrance and reconciliation
When: 6 PM, Wednesday 13th April
Phone: 4645 4100
Where: The Campbelltown Arts Centre
Cost: Free, please RSVP
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