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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Hearing movement, Irby and Windeyer lay over the rocks and began firing into
the trapped group below, knowing that their fire would bring up Connor and
Weaver, who joined the slaughter.2 In 1925, Thomas Keating, former manager of
The man and his men Windeyer, Connor and Weaver: these are the names left
out of 'The Bluff Rock Massacre', and so they should be. If the scale and
spectacle of The Single Massacre is to be sustained, the idea of a mass of men
Smallness is not togetherness. Smallness is not sameness. Weaver and Connor
And what of Weaver and Connor, Windeyer's 'servants'?135 Their opportunity to
write themselves into 'The Bluff Rock Massacre' is limited. Weaver couldn't write.
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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