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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It is another 'ordinary' tourist story, like the bushranger and the goldrush. It is a
part of the rescued possibilities from the past that might work to stop the passing
cars. And true or not, able to be known or not, is it better than nothing being said
This one was to do with the trickery of Thunderbolt ' s gang , who were famous
bushrangers in the area . ... in crime and this makes me wonder how many
Aboriginal victories through trickery have become the stuff of bushranger legend .
Suppose them to be Wilson [a bushranger] and his gang. 'Station blacks' who
move between stations now act as (English-speaking?) messengers of danger to
the squatters, and if lines can still be drawn, these 'blacks' are now firmly of the ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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