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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It presumed the powerlessness of Aboriginal people to follow in any equivalent.
Cars, like Tucker's final glass of milk she is given by Mrs Hill, are therefore not
entirely 'ordinary' objects. They were part of a machinery of 'removal', another sort
... about the group on Myall Creek that: There was a little child at the back of the
hut when they were tying this party,- and when the blacks and party were going
away, this little child as I thought, was going to follow the party with its mother, but
As he doesn't return, they then follow him out. Two of them, one of him,- they
follow rather than lead, for they are, after all, there to learn. The Irbys meet Collins
and some men returning. Collins has found a sheep between some rocks, so
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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