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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Memoirs of massacre Bluff Rock was once a part of the land leased and then
owned by Edward and Leonard Irby. The holding, as you will remember, was
called Bolivia. Edward Irby reports that he and others killed Aboriginal people,
but the ...
83 Weeks later Edward has decided that there is only one man whom he ' should
care to have any connection with in Sydney ' . 84 After some rumblings , the crew
break into open mutiny and the Irbys are part of a group that capture the ...
Excitement? Determination? Worriedly? There is a similar gathering up of
peoples as in the Irbys' first expedition with Windeyer. Edward first hears that a
shepherd, Robinson — but not the sheep — is missing, from another watchman,
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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