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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To link the industrial and the scenic as the twin possibilities of interest of early
tourism is to see an explicit opposition between the progressive and the historical
. The historical here includes the natural landscape,- the progressive includes ...
local natural phenomenon — and close friends and even colleagues, seeing it
from the highway, have described it as 'a bit disappointing'. I always respond (as
residual local? looming marginal subject?) that you should have seen it before
pursuits take Irby into rough and often unknown country, there are also natural
hurdles to overcome — and all of this is deadly serious. There is no 'amusement'
at the 'native' ways: 'the Blacks are a nasty, treacherous sort of fellow'.91 J plot ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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