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 colonial allegory provides one sort of translation. What is a 'settler' but a
figure possessed of the cultural 'madness' of another civilisation? Trapped in
another land, weren't his guns and sheep and stations the unfettered displays of
The writing can be classified as a 'squatter's report', re-recorded as a part of the
archive of the colonial secretary and reconstituted as a part of ordinary' colonial
life — for what is a report but the banal flow of modern life? The act of official ...
Butlin, NG (1994) Forming a Colonial Economy: Australia 181O-l850s,
Melbourne: Cambridge University Press. Campbell, IC (1969) The relations
between settlers and Aborigines in the pastoral district of New England, 1832-
1860, BA thesis, ...
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