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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WHAT ￼ KEATING HEARD ￼ Dear Mr Thomas, I have your letter of the 25th of
March 1925 asking me let you have any particulars I know about Bolivia. I will
now send you what I heard about the station before I took charge & what took
I begin by relooking very closely at two small textual fragments from a letter and a
diary which contributed to 'The Bluff Rock Massacre' leaflet to try to track a
process of how these words made up the people who made the massacre
... with this next letter? What does it invent? What does it make possible?
WRITING TO THE COMMISSIONER The letter is quickly sent to the
Commissioner, in this case the Crown Lands Commissioner.107 Irby's letter
cannot be found ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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