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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company of others — I knew I was never the only one who knew. We all knew.
But knowing that Aboriginal people died is not to know anything at all. That
Aboriginal people were killed was another way of saying Aboriginal people did
not exist ...
I 'knew' massacre habitually and naturally as a child, but that is to not know
massacre at all. This isn't a complaint about knowing too little — I always knew,
but I also always knew bow to know. But I want to unknit how we know something
Non- Aboriginals could not rely on one another and it was best to keep as quiet
as possible because everyone knew that someone, somewhere (quite close) did
something. Ironically, for all the promise The Massacre offers for a final solution to
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