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 ...
When we look at the extracts that refer to Aboriginal people, we are looking at the
words of Edward Irby. Leonard Irby contributes many fewer letters, and they are
usually in a lighter vein. His diary, if he kept one, has not been saved. From here
Here Irby appears to be enlarging upon his 'naturalist' appreciation of Aboriginal
people. ... don't come near the road suggests a wild shyness that fits with the '
amusing', 'natural' wonder that is the Aborigine' to Edward Irby at this time.
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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