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 story was that the child grew up, and when dead, was buried at the foot of the
Bluff. One might see the grave,- I found nothing. William Bates' son says nothing
about having an adopted Aboriginal brother. Campbell (the author of the ...
Children were also involved in other massacres. ... an Aboriginal known as '
Daddy', but in their second trial they were found guilty on five counts of the '
murder of an Aboriginal Black Child whose name was to the Attorney-General
This child came to love his saviour, which provides a strange sort of moral
justification for the massacre: it produced 'devotion' and so love. 'Hard' love? The
story of the saved child fundamentally changes the rhythm of Irby's report. He was
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
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