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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What does this story do? First, it individualises morality. While a group was
chasing and killing, when one child appealed to one of these killers, he saved'
the child. This same man, we assume, could not and did not wish to stop killing
all the ...
It could also be said therefore that Kilmeister ' saved two Aboriginal women — but
they were saved only to be raped ? used ? by others . There was another woman
' saved from this massacre by another man . She was the mother of Charly , a ...
The story of the saved child fundamentally changes the rhythm of Irby's report. He
was shooting because he could, because he had the 'means and will'. And then
he rode fast away to report to the Commissioner, being assured by Wind- eyer ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
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