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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I learnt to do the right thing. Sunday school taught these lessons well. Displays of
moral courage were particularly fine if they included some aspect of forgiveness
and abnegation. We had to turn the cheek again and again. We could be giving,
These properties included: Green Glades, Paddy's Land, Red Braes, Aboomla,
Snow Flake, Mt Mitchell Station, Glen Brook, Wattle Grove, Kookabrookra, Glen
Rock, Yuthneath, The Flags, Ryanna, Belfield, Woodland, Bill Meehan's, Braleigh
What would such a maze/map of Australia look like if it included each town where
Aboriginal people were killed, each reserve, each death in custody? It could not
be the only monument, since sites of Aboriginal victories in the frontier wars ...
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