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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his murders look more rational' — orderly? organised? — in their careful pursuit
... Monday February 17th, 1845 (Diary) . . . shepherd of Windeyer ... on his way to
the head station to report the murder of a watchman by the Blacks. [The party ...
The murder of Aboriginal people insists upon an immediate grappling with the
colonial world, with its language, its culture — how did it work? How did it make
murder possible? The usual response to these questions is to point to the power
We all now know that murder and music can exist harmoniously within a body via
a public/private divide — my aim is to ... I suggest that Irby is attempting to control
the meaning of the murders throughout his stories by leaving the killings as the ...
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