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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This Act set up the programs that removed children and ran down reserve
conditions, and ensured the perpetual availability of Aboriginal lives to the
actions and gaze of many government agencies, but particularly the police.43
These general ...
Now we could live very comfortably here for ten or twelve years, supposing we
should be able to return to England after that period, but knowing we should have
to remain here all our lives would make even the first ten years miserable.
I'm running all over my parents' lives, I'm shitting on the hand that fed me, I'm
school captain gone grunge. ... and yet it is a provocation to speak,- a space
where accustomed thought stutters.150 It demands a life's story, a live speaking,-
this is ...
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