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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'Quite a jolly time' belies the sense or seriousness of the event. It could become '
blacks' enjoying themselves at the 'men's' expense, which is a very unsettling
description for those barely settled white men. Had Keating never heard that 'men
When understood in terms of town promotion this would seem to make sense.
What local features are chosen to be underlined, highlighted? What makes up
the symbolic sense of the town? But when the signs become too particular, too ...
These crappy, crappy, zeds — they are so straight, so utterly straight, so
incredibly neat. They even look as if they make sense. They bring me unexpected
joy. The lines look neat — they contain letters, but THEY HAVE NO MEANING!
This is a ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
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