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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... 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' — comes to read a tourist
This same sort of naming is equally visible in the tourist leaflet's account of the
massacre. The leaflet refers to 'the Aborigines', but uses an early diary that
mentions the name of the individual white shepherd, Robinson, in contrast to the
To go to the Visitors' Centre and ask for a leaflet is to be given a story of
omnipotent white power. This is not enough. The existence of the leaflet is a
gesture towards telling a history that continues to be unwritten on the Australian
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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