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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... saved as only the most brutal white economic metaphor can imply . The
colonial rationality of economy . Did this lone woman , the mother of at least one
of the suggested ten to twelve children killed , imagine that she was saved in any
It is precisely this sort of death that invents martyrs, people who die for their
beliefs rather than simply because they are 'Aborigines', as the non- Aboriginals (
of that time) may have wanted to imagine them. It is fairly easy to track the
Can my little Howard, my prime mistress (ministress?), imagine an armband like
this? A sinuous coil that writhes into an avenging clitoris rising higher and higher,
rubbing harder and harder? But sometimes the night parrot comes to take me ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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