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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Many may be grey with fallen dust or clearly striped with deposits that have set,
but Bluff Rock is all over grey. It is the true grey of a pointillist granite: an illusion,
made up of dots of other colours layered over one another — in this case rosy ...
And yet it is grey that refuses hues. Technically, there are no shades to grey. It
disallows any multiple colourings, any fluid identities. Grey cannot be placed as
more black or more white. It can't siphon off the privileges of the white and then ...
The large flesh coloured felspar crystals scattered throughout a grey coloured
ground produce a very pleasing effect, and give the stone a most attractive
appearance. It is a splendid combination, so to speak, of red and grey granite,
and has ...
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