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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Either the higher bureaucratic order (MacDonald) suppressed the retaliation in
sympathy with Irby's action, or the suppression resulted from his own value
system, which saw 'retaliation' as 'not counting'. Another possibility is that Irby
Memoirs of massacre Bluff Rock was once a part of the land leased and then
owned by Edward and Leonard Irby. ... I'm using the book Memoirs oj Edward
and Leonard Irby i%a to track how and why the Irbys (and Edward in particular) ...
tables) by nine to five 'desk murderers' such as Adolf Eichmann.106 While Irby is
clearly the perpetrator and his actions are not those of bureaucratic order, he still
places the murders as part of an 'ordinary' life. Irby's existence as son, flute ...
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