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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A coffin box or night watchman's box was what the shepherds of the Australian 1
800s slept in whilst watching the sheep by night. It was a six-foot-something long
box with sides of variable height (2 metres by 1.2 metres, say). On some, the ...
At night the shepherd apparently came to understand the sounds of sheep
contentedness and restlessness and could sleep ... These boxes, in their naming
— coffin box or nightwatch box — signalled their complicated relationship to night
But sometimes the night parrot comes to take me away into a void, past the
cranky freedom of celebrated, academic Histories and history to a place where I
can't hear myself, where words fail, where one cannot imagine oneself and
where the ...
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