More than my usual $10 meal at Diggers yesterday

As their Facebook page notes:

The Governor of New South Wales David Hurley and Daniel Keighran were guest speakers for the Centenary of ANZAC Luncheon at City Diggers Wollongong today.

See The Illawarra Mercury: Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighran visits Wollongong. I wasn’t upstairs, as all I was doing was chatting to some regulars and having my Monday “pensioner special”, the $10 two course meal. But I did see the comings and goings.

I was very pleased to see that on Sunday the Governor had been to Appin.

More than 1,000 people have taken part in a memorial to mark the massacre of at least 14 Aboriginal people south-west of Sydney 200 years ago.

In 1816 Governor Lachlan Macquarie dispatched three military regiments to the Appin region to “rid the land of troublesome blacks,” according to his diary.

Men, women and children were chased from a camp near Appin, over a cliff, and to their deaths.

Officially, 14 people were killed, but Aboriginal historians believe the number was much higher.

On Sunday, descendants of the Dharawal tribe mixed NSW Governor David Hurley and thousands of others in memoriam….

See also photos by Jeff McGill in The Illawarra Mercury. Here is one:


I posted Bicentenary of Dharawal massacre in Appin area here on April 11. Go there for more about the history.