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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Two sentences: 'The truth of that day remains clouded by many conflicting
versions' and The truth will be forever in the bosom of one of the most impressive
landmarks along the New England Highway' These sentences offer two poles to
As a belligerent crew member moves towards them , Edward records that it is ' kill
or be killed ' , but the sailor doesn ' t move ; this is a relief to Edward , for ' I was
fully determined to shoot him myself if he had moved another step . ' 85 From ...
Even as corpses, 'wild blacks' were unable to be accounted for within Irby's
system of ritual except as bureaucratic detail (the nature of which we can't be
certain of). Irby as man/horse becoming colonial can move quickly and violently
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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