A Month of Murder in the Hunter Valley – Wonnarua People and the Ravensworth Homestead

This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land.

A Month of Murder in the Hunter Valley is a four part video series presenting Wonnarua People’s stories relating to the Ravensworth Homestead and its use as a staging post for atrocities against the First Nations people in the area.

These stories have been transmitted through the generations and have been brought to the fore with the recent plans for the Glencore Mine to relocate the Ravensworth homestead to another location.

The video series is being promoted by David Shoebridge, Member of the Legislative Council, who is supporting the Plains Clan of the Wonnarua People who have lodged a Section 10 application to protect the land from destruction by the proposed open cut mine under the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act. It features interviews with archaeologists and traditional owners.

Scott Franks, Archaeologist and Wonnarua Clans Member

195 years ago in August 1826, 14 Mounted Police attacked a camp of Wonnarua people in retaliation for a raid on a colonial property. At least 18 Aboriginal men, women and children were killed, whilst two were captured. Media reports at the time celebrated these killings and called for further revenge attacks against First Nations people. They have now released all four videos to coincide with the events 195 years ago and that we need to listen to First Nations people.

The video series can be viewed below.

These videos contain images and descriptions that some viewers may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

1 August 2021:
The execution of ‘Jacky Jacky’ and the following acquittal of Lieutenant Lowe

12 August 2021:
The capture and execution of up to 7 Aboriginal men by the Mounted Police

28 August 2021:
Dozens of Mounted Police are sent by a Magistrate
to hunt for Aboriginal men believed responsible for a retaliatory attack on a farm

1 September:
Mounted police massacre 18 Wonnarua people at a campsite

Please join the campaign: share the video and sign the petition.

For more information consult the Colonial Massacres Map:
https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/colonialmassacres/map.php

More on the history of the Ravensworth Homestead,
including its colonial history can be found here:

https://hunterlivinghistories.com/category/architectural-design-innovation/ravensworth/


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