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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Its mythical, complex nature as a marker of a certain sort of colonialism comes
richly alive Its role as a theatre of enunciation for every atrocity evei carried out on
Aboriginal people becomes more obvious. 'The Bluff Rock Massacre' allows ...
... a heroically inflected version of that. The chanting, the daub and feather, the
frenzy and the death corroboree all contribute to the generic nature of the 'dark
tribe' who are able to access particular powers for self - destruction through their
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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