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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Monday February 17th, 1845 (Diary) . . . shepherd of Windeyer ... on his way to
the head station to report the murder of a watchman by the Blacks. [The party
organised to pursue the Aboriginal group gathers.] . . . five of them [the 'party'], ...
Friday September 19th, 1845 Rode over to Windeyer's with George Page,- met
the Blacks coming here,- sent them back on account of my bullocks. Tuesday
October 7th, 1845 . . . We got four Blacks who were camped here and five of us
'Wild' actually serves to textually domesticate 'black': 'wild' has become a
descriptor usually used to mark simultaneous difference ... Monday April 27th,
1846 Dougherty came in last night to tell us that the Blacks had chased old Bill for
his life .
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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