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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One of the first white men to own the bluff tried an ordinary name, St Swithin's
Bluff, for he saw it on St Swithin's Day in the pouring rain. It is said that if it rains
on St Swithin's Day, there will be rain for forty days and forty nights. St Swithin
They named the outcrop St Swithins Bluff as they passed it on St Swithins Day.
THE MASSACRE The truth of that day remains clouded by many conflicting
versions. One time Overseer at Bolivia Station, Thomas Keating, in describing the
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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