Bass Coast / South Gippsland Reconciliation Group

Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner

The Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group was formed in 2005 with the aim of furthering reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians, and educating themselves and the community about Aboriginal history and culture. The Group is affiliated with Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation and with Reconciliation Victoria. Its purpose is to promote reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and settler Australia. The group believes that reconciliation is only possible when non-Indigenous Australians recognise and take ownership of the uncomfortable parts of our history.

Saturday  28th July 12:30  

In 1841, only seven years after colonial occupation of the Port Phillip District began, two Aboriginal men from Tasmania were convicted of the murder of two whalers on the beach we now call Harmers Haven. In January 1842, Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener became the first people to be hanged in Melbourne, an event witnessed by some 5000 people. At the time they were deemed bloodthirsty outlaws but in more recent times campaigners have called for a reassessment of them as freedom fighters, resisting white settlement. The truth may lie between these two extremes.