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 Honorary Secretary of the Tenterfield Historical Society, tape-recorded
stories from Tenterfield citizens and asked many of them about the massacre as a
part of those interviews.4 And sometime in the 1970s, a local historian put
We cleaned displays and experienced the pleasures of stepping behind the
mesh doors of the display rooms , but we didn ' t hear a thing . But Keating did
hear , so he can tell . After 80 years , something can be sent because somebody
Since we asked to be furthest from any noise, we are right at the very end of the
curving corridor of this worn-out, forties? fifties? building. It is a long weekend, but
no one else is staying here. Later it turns out that their usual guests are the road ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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