On the eve of Australia Day 2018 a disturbing article has been posted recording an historical massacre of indigenous people initiated by orders issued by the then Acting Governor of NSW.
According to a Guardian article of today January 26 1838 was the very first public holiday ever marked in Australia.
But the article claims that on the same day there was a brutal killing of indigenous people in NSW by mounted Police in retaliation for the killing of 5 stockmen.
According to the Guardian it involved a surprise attack by the Police on a camp at Waterloo Creek and was followed by more killings in the days afterwards.
Wikipedia gives a different account and to some degree reverses the incident by attributing the surprise attack part as being made on the Police by a group of Aborigines. The Wikipedia article lists four Australian historians with differing accounts of what happened. Three of them seem to be in agreement a significant number of Aborigines were killed.