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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Collins sent word that the Blacks were about, and intending to kill a white fellow.
Tuesday August 26th, 1 845 Tommy and a lot of other Blacks came over from
Deepwater. Enter 'Tommy'.99 Tommy is an Aboriginal worker,- perhaps he is 167
Enter 'Tommy'.99 Tommy is an Aboriginal worker,- perhaps he is the 'chief
Aboriginal worker,- perhaps he is Irby's first Aboriginal worker. What does it mean
to be called 'Tommy'? Irby's other brother is Tom, so perhaps that was the
Tuesday August 25th, 1846 Sent Black Tommy to tell old Bill to meet me on
Robinson's flat ... supposed Tommy had been too late to give him my message . .
. Tommy' continues to occupy a textual space outside wild or station 'blacks'.
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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