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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I remember that my mother told me nothing about Aboriginal people. She told me
a bit of family history (her side), took me with 'Aunty' Genevieve to graveyards,
houses and ghost villages in the dry backblocks. On this dust our importance was
And if we do not think of the cottages and the paddocks and the neatly organised
cattle, we will never remember the cars and the roads and the reservations and
the barristers and the cities which made the systematic dispossession and ...
The holding, as you will remember, was called Bolivia. Edward Irby reports that
he and others killed Aboriginal people, but the shape and meanings of those
deaths are very different from the many local records in the Historical Society
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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