Appin Massacre remembered

On Sunday, April 23 hundreds of people will gather at Cataract Dam to commemorate the 201st anniversary of the Appin Massacre.

In 1816 NSW Governor Lachlan Macquarie sanctioned the massacre of Dharawal men, women and children because he felt compelled to “inflict terrible and exemplary punishments” upon Indigenous people living on the outskirts of Sydney.

Fourteen Aboriginal people were reported killed but the real number of dead was estimated to be more.

Winga Myamly Reconciliation Group, backed by Campbelltown, Wollondilly and Camden councils, will host the public commemoration event which will be held at the Cataract Dam Picnic Area from 11am to 3.30pm.

Last year local Aboriginal elder Uncle Ivan Wellington told The Advertiser it was important everyone came together to pay their respects to the victims and all traditional owners of the land.

“Seeing both indigenous and non-indigenous people come together to remember the victims is what the ceremony is all about,” he said.

“The day is a sad event but it is important for the healing process.”

Everybody is invited to attend the memorial and enjoy a free sausage sizzle after the event.

The event involves a short walk from the picnic area to the ceremony site.

Sun protection and water are advised.

There is limited seating available and the event will go ahead regardless of weather.

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