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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If they had taken to their heels they might all have got off safe. Instead of doing so
however they got their fighting men together to attack us, so we punished them
severely and proved our superiority to them. We got back the same day.
Irby writes quite simply that they had proof this 'tribe' had been responsible for the
shepherd's death, but that even then they could have got away if they hadn't 'got
their fighting men together to attack us'. This imagery depends on the idea that ...
Autobiography of a Massacre Katrina Schlunke. used to warn of Aboriginal attack
: 'at Deepwater station the hasty clanging of a bell denoted that the watchman
had spotted aborigines in the vicinity and generally the sound of gunfire during
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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