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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is the more general naming of these lands as 'properties' that is most indicative of
the state-supported establishment of this land in their 'owner's' eyes. Some
anxiousness to make this point might be discerned in the 'Paddy's Land' and '
Australia 'naturally', through its climate and land, is able to produce a superior
fleece, something it was presumed the convict-based colony could never do.
Unlike Australia's Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal population, sheep were able to
The diary account might also be read in relationship to the land economy. Irby
wrote: 'having now the means and will to punish them ... we gave it to them pretty
severely'. These deaths are opportunities in the same way that the land taking
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