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 am interested in the way local family histories in general, and mine in particular,
can be read as parallel narratives to the one in the Bluff Rock tourist leaflet. But I
am also interested in what happens when this invented person — 'the local' ...
The sheep had invented the shepherd's function, the sheep contained their gaze.
As with the panopticon (a building in which all interior parts can be seen from one
hidden position, such as a prison), the viewer is unseen, but here the watched ...
It is only when shepherding is carried out within the colonially invented world of
the 'primitive' that the shepherd risks a movement back into 'savagery'. Perhaps in
the evocation of shepherding as a primitive occupation and the idea of the life ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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