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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... were pursued because they had killed a shepherd and stolen sheep . It was to '
punish ' them that they were followed ; it was ' a punitive expedition ' . But here we
have a struggle with meanings . To punish an entire group with death seems.
To punish an entire group with death seems monstrous and ridiculous . Justice ...
to reveal the leader , the followers , the coerced , the remorseful and the doubtful ,
and each must be punished according to the valuation of their particular guilt .
Horses and guns were the speed and weaponry that made action of Irby's 'will' to
'punish'. These units of death had names: Smudge, Skipper, Speedy, Boxer,
Blazes, Wildfire and Crib. When Skipper appears lame a sprain is suspected.
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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