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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As a part of this story my friend visited her mother's village (then part of Poland)
and the death camp that had been set up nearby. She has (holiday? tourist?
historical?) photographs of the village and camp. One photograph was of the
69 This version assumes that Irby reported the deaths of the Aboriginal people,
but that he reported that they had ... It is precisely this sort of death that invents
martyrs, people who die for their beliefs rather than simply because they are ...
Transportative ' implies the conveyance of sets of cultural mores as well : one
could be ' transported to something beyond — a capitalist nirvana , or death . . .
Or one could remain in a state of ' transport ' , a magical paralysis of mother
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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