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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HORSES AND DEATH What else is going on around Irby and my readings of him
? What other kinds of culture, material ... This is the 1840s, when according to
Miles Franklin, 'The whole population took to horse. Wishes were horses from the
Mine is just 5 pounds better, so we have some fine cavalry between us,- but they
are both sound and young, so they will do.113 They attempt to ride these horses
in Sydney and are thrown two or three times,- they noted that their not having ...
The horses make possible the network of communications which makes the
station productive in Irby's terms. ... groups reaching the protection of denser
gullies or rougher higher ground where the usefulness of the horse was
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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