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 lobby group of people united by their age. But in photography one uses a mid
-grey card as the technical exemplar of white skin. If you are doing portraiture and
want the skin tones clear and bright, you first take a light reading of the person, ...
However, they do invent for the present-day family members a historicised place
and person: I become that history because I am from that history. My links have
been carefully traced from that time onwards,- I 'know' who I am. A local family ...
The box usually had legs, but one was reported as having a wheel (so it could be
moved by a single person), and others did not rest on the ground at all — they
were attached to the moveable fences or folds that held the sheep. If there was ...
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