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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Also, having sheep meant setting limits that disallowed swampy or too stony land
or trees with bark that might discolour the wool, so the shepherd's arena was
mapped by animal as well as human requirements. (The shepherd managed all ...
Autobiography of a Massacre Katrina Schlunke. limits of settlement), the muster
was part of a routine that was creating accountable bodies. At such musters, work
and rations were detailed and the convicts were released until the next muster.
MR IRBY ACCOUNTS The 'limits of location' were those boundaries delimiting
those parts of an Australian Colony within which land is available for alienation.
eg. The 1 836 Squatting Act . . . allowed squatting beyond the Limits, providing a
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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