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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Does 'bachelor' look as if something more needs to be said? If a local family
history has been honed down to a skeleton of official records, doesn't it now beg
for emotional flesh? For stories that might connect with who and what we are now
She has a photograph of a man on a bike taken at the ruined death camp, green
grass and trees making it look like a park with rail track and wire. This man said
he had been a boy at the time and had taken vegetables to the guard's kitchen ...
The lines look neat — they contain letters, but THEY HAVE NO MEANING! This is
a triumph. This is a legal system that can't make 'sense' of forced removals and
massacres, which insists it can still justify the taking of land if one connection ...
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