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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It was Edward Irby and his brother Leonard who passed the huge granite rock
while moving to Deepwater Station from Tenterfield Station in 1842. They named
the outcrop St Swithins Bluff as they passed it on St Swithins Day.
Monday June 9th, 1845 . . . the Blacks we were after last week passed across the
five-mile station on Friday, setting the grass on fire as they went. At this time Irby
must more or less trust his ex-convict workers and the doubtful pasts of his ...
We have passed various groups of Aboriginal people on the roads but there are
none in the pub. On our second night I see one Aboriginal man drinking quietly in
the corner, completely alone, but this is obviously not an Aboriginal-friendly pub ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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