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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The Aboriginals had heard Irby's group coming, and sought safety beneath the
very rocks Irby and Windeyer found themselves upon. Hearing movement, Irby
and Windeyer lay over the rocks and began firing into the trapped group below, ...
Irby writes quite simply that they had proof this 'tribe' had been responsible for the
shepherd's death, but that even then they could have ... It suggests that the threat
posed by such a group made the response of Irby and Windeyer necessary.
115 To ' transport ' was also to kill , and when Irby , Windeyer , Connor and
Weaver kill the Aboriginal people they have trapped under the rocks , they are '
transporting them first to a state of imagined barbarism and thence into a death of
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
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