Campbelltown City Council commemorated the Appin Massacre with a Flag Raising Ceremony in its courtyard on Thursday morning, attended by local politicians and a large cross-section of the community.

As we remember the horrors of 17 April 1816 when 14 Dharawal people were massacred on the orders of Governor Lachlan Macquarie, it is important to let truth-telling throw a blanket of purity and oneness on our reconcilliation journey.

Mayor of Campbelltown George Greiss noted that it is important that we acknowledge and learn from the mistakes of the past so that we can move forward together as a community. Uncle Ivan Wellington conducted a smoking ceremony and Aunty Glenda Chalker spoke before the flags were raised and lowered to half-mast.