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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In jolly time' your pleasure is displacing organised minutes as the indicator of
what is happening. It is exactly such types of time which are likely to be
interrupted by the sudden menacing presence of 'the men'. For 'jolly time' must
always be ...
In a less organised fashion, individual squatters and workers and official Native
Police would organise 'drives' where they would find particular groups of
Aboriginal people then pursue these people, on horses, to their deaths — by
shooting or ...
his murders look more rational' — orderly? organised? — in their careful pursuit
and unblinking extermination to us now, that should only expose the class-ridden
origins of a civilised death. Think how we accept the insanely neat missile ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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