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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Hearing movement, Irby and Windeyer lay over the rocks and began firing into
the trapped group below, knowing that their fire would bring up Connor and
Weaver, who joined the slaughter.2 In 1925, Thomas Keating, former manager of
One time Overseer at Bolivia Station, Thomas Keating, in describing the
massacre as it had been told to him by an old man at Bolivia, told of Aboriginal
attacks on shepherds and sheep. Keating outlined how men on Bolivia Station
The Keating version The account from the tourist leaflet is taken from a letter
Thomas Keating wrote in 1925 to JF Thomas, who was seeking information about
Bolivia Station and the massacre for his own records of the history of Tenterfield.
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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