Bluff Rock: Autobiography of a Massacre
Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2005 - 268 Seiten
The past is a problem for us. We know certain events happened, sometimes exactly when and yet our sometimes longing for certainty cannot be satisfied . . . We tell stories about where we come from and so who we are. We change these stories sometimes minutely, sometimes radically depending upon our audiences and our task.
Bluff Rockis organised around the key question- how do we know the past? Using historical material (letters, memoirs), a tourist brochure, and local histories, it focuses on the ways that the massacre(s) of Aborigines at Bluff Rock, in New England during the 1840s has been recorded and remembered.
It is the author's ability to lay herself on the line that makes this a courageous and even controversial text. Schlunke, who grew up in New England area, takes this one story from early colonial Australia and looks at the many ways it is organised as a memory of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations.
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Perhaps it is the silent, remote nature of poison — something taken away from
town centres with no non- Aboriginal witnesses to see the sudden, silent
eruptions of death. Heffernan tells us this detail after he is asked about the '
tradition' of ...
As one more encounter with Aboriginal people, as one more expedition which is
more murderously successful than others, this particular occasion — which was
used as one 'proof of the 'The Bluff Rock Massacre' — is exposed as instead no ...
Within the boundaries of the term 'Aboriginal', do I include 'wild blacks' and '
Tommy'? And what of the 'black trackers' and Native Police who assisted in the
capture of other Aboriginal people? Are they a new sort of Aboriginal person, or
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