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 having already been established via Keating's account that the Aboriginal
people were thrown from the bluff, Irby's words ('punishment') and his boast ('
proving superiority') are an impossible fit — they are indeed 'simple' words
Irby's diary and Keating's final comment about the 'part fixed tribe' suggests their
presence. This would allow one to re-read ... But there the gender specificity
stops. There are no Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal women in Keating's account.
Edward Irby reports that he and others killed Aboriginal people, but the shape
and meanings of those deaths are very different from the many local records in
the Historical Society notes, and from Keating's account, and from what appears
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
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