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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But in photography one uses a mid-grey card as the technical exemplar of white
skin. If you are doing portraiture and want the skin tones clear and bright, you first
take a light reading of the person, then of the mid-grey card, and then ...
Family history was a light matter, like my mother's light curiosity. She wanted to
hear people's stories,- she had no answers,- she taught us to be good. Everyone
knew her — the ripples of family and association spread all around us. But
The more light is thrown on their scales, which act as tiny mirrors, the less they
are able to be seen. My suggestion is that ... The first point is the conceit that
white' is not a colour but is best understood as light. The invasion/settlement of ...
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