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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... the employment of Aboriginal labour as shepherds and hut- keepers doesn't
seem to have begun until the late 1840s and 1 850s, when labour shortages, due
to the reduced availability of convict labour and the attraction of the goldfields, ...
The new perimeters of struggle are being set: squatters will set themselves
against selectors and land reforms, and as their efforts to import 'coolie' labour fail
, they will 'employ' more and more Aboriginal labour. Aboriginal people keep ...
First, there was the transportation of convicts, which provided the cheap labour
which enabled the labour-rich activities of shepherding. And then there was the '
transportation' of pick-pockets into shepherds (they were reported as making the
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