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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Genevieve Newbury refers to 'The Bluff Rock Massacre' as 'nothing short of
barbaric', and writes of other incidents where the viciousness of the ex-convict
troopers is displayed. 18 This draws the more familiar line between convicts and
At such musters, work and rations were detailed and the convicts were released
until the next muster. The muster was also the site around which resistance was
organised: escaping convicts would have maximised their success at escape by
If we did this, bushrangers, some Aboriginal people and escaped convicts might
form a group to be contrasted with the Native Police, other armed forces,
pastoralists, farmers, farm labourers (which always included Aboriginal people)
and so ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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