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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Unlike the nameless murdered Aboriginal people and the power employed by
Irby (or MacDonald) not to report their deaths and so let them enter official history,
this family, 'my' family, had every reason to record children, marriages and deaths
Simultaneously I hope to signal which parts of their experience, and their record
of it, allowed them to become the ... The Irbys' account begins with their sail to
Australia, but I concentrate on their records from the moment of their arrival in ...
44 Tenterfield District Historical Society Records, vols 1 and 2, University of New
England Archives, No. 282 1 . 45 ibid. 46 Thomas, JF (b. 1882, d. 1941) Papers.
Miscellaneous Historical Subjects, vol 2, Tenterfield, Microfilm CY1524 (location
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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