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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Perhaps Keating's story also disavows the authenticity of continuing Aboriginal
existence around this land, since the 'real' Aboriginal people who 'really'
belonged to this area were all overcome, killed or frightened away. Aboriginal
people are ...
... the Romantic image of embattled Aboriginal people is affected by ( 1 ) its
position within a poem that begins with the implication that it is white greed that
has invented or demanded these reactions and ( 2 ) the poem ' s own existence
The Irbys' account begins with their sail to Australia, but I concentrate on their
records from the moment of their arrival in Australia, and focus in particular upon
their writings to do with land, Aboriginal people, and their own existence beyond
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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