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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We didn ' t hear history , we were taught history , and what we heard excited us
about Europe , but particularly England . ' Local history was all around us but we
couldn ' t see it . We couldn ' t hear it . My friends and I were the Youth Group of ...
But this twenty-two mile radius of possibility also includes the whole of the current
village of Deepwater, a large slab of the New England Highway, miles of prime
grazing land, steep rocky hills that are still uncleared except for small inroads ...
... Ruling Passion, British Colonial Allegory and the Paradox of Homosexual
Desire, Durham: Duke University Press. Lang, DM (1967) History of New
England 1832-1861, Honours Thesis, 263.
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