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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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY Placing the massacre Bluff Rock stands
over the New England Highway ten kilometres south of the town of Tenterfield in
the New England region in northern New South Wales. At least that is how I can ...
Clear as glass where 45 New England Highway wends, A million tourists pass
there Yet none may tell their friends This tale of words in magic, While listeners
hold their breath, 50 Of the dark tribes' splendid tragic Noble leap for death.
... bodies have searched our highways for locations of interest which tourists may
find fascinating. What a laugh. They have ignored Bluff Rock, which towers
majestically above the New England Highway between Glen Innes and
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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