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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First, the leaflet is presenting the idea that there was systemic racism
underpinning this one-eyed reporting,- second, it assumes that Irby reported the
whole incident to MacDonald but MacDonald failed to report the whole thing to
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 ...
Their remains, their bodies, are abandoned, even though Irby recognises that
they had their own graves and burial system. Irby 'transports' their bodies into a
record about the death of a shepherd in a letter to the Commissioner. A report to
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