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 claim such a writing as autobiographical shows the ways in which the past is
always emerging via someone in particular, writing a particular past, and
someone else in particular creates pasts from that writing. We know we can never
Using a number of techniques, I articulate the ways in which particular 'historical'
events come to be lived out in people and places who are simultaneously past
and present and re-emerging. But an important part of creating this historical ...
And in particular, in Australia, the 'settlers': went 'blackbird shooting', formed a '
black line', encouraged and organised 'expeditions', formed a 'bush party' and
took 'decisive measures'. None of these definitions gives the sense of a slaughter
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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