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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Since there is no mention of horses, are we to assume that 'the men' had already
run the fifteen kilometres from the station to Pye's Creek as well as some extra
kilometres tracking the sheep before Pye's Creek, making the day's total, at a ...
... down the cliff and into the lake, and there they were drowned.65 This parable,
when mapped onto the geography of its site, also has a problem with 'fit'. The
nearest lake to the Gadarenes was eighty kilometres from the mountains where
When Irby reports that they were now twenty-two miles (thirty-jive kilometres) from
the head station I draw a large, to-scale circle around the head station. The tip of
my pencil runs beyond my sister and brotber-in-law's property. They are within ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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