Myall Creek Massacre Analysis

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The Myall Creek massacre is still; to this day, regarded as one of the most heinous inhumane criminal acts to take place on this land. The massacre was the single act of inhumanity that united the settlers and the Indigenous people under British protection whilst highlighting the need for a unified justice system. Thirty black men, women and children; maliciously massacred by a group of white prisoners with no provocation at all. The severity of these crimes were so heinous, when trialled, the law of God was called upon to deliver swift justice to all those involved. Those who were involved in the prosecution of the prisoners (especially Sir William Westbrooke Burton) soon realised that; there were damning issues that needed to be addressed…show more content…
These were: how does a justice system that once prosecuted Indigenous Australians also protect them and how does a civil justice system determine one’s fate when dealing with a society of individuals who do not understand the concept of ‘civil’ or ‘law’? According to Ryan’s work: A very bad business: Henry Dangar and the Myall Creek Massacre 1838; the British justice was not suitable to deal with matters involving those who were not under His Majesty’s rule (the Indigenous Australians) and therefore the only option (according to an extract from the second trial of the Myall Creek Massacre) was to adhere to the most basic human right in terms of upholding justice, the law of God: “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.” These two issues; unfortunately for the British, needed to be dealt with at the same time. According to an extract from the second trial of the Myall Creek Massacre sourced from The Australian, the Attorney-General and Mr Justice Burton both agreed that dealing with a case of this nature called for a united justice system that served everyone on a basic humane level regardless of any imposed…show more content…
Whilst highlighting the inadequacy of the British justice; the trial emphasised how bias the British justice had been towards those who ‘opposed’ His Majesty’s rule whilst being under it at the same time. The significance of how bias and poorly the British justice coped with the conflict between Indigenous Australians and settlers is emphasised in the crime that was committed by the prisoners. Most importantly, the trial forced the British justice to acknowledge that in going forward as a nation, unity between the residing people needed to be established. Today, the Myall Creek Massacre sight is a Heritage listed site due to the importance that the event played on the development of this

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