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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on his labour as 'settlement', as an essentially legal action that underscored the
right of the squatters to the land, set up a site of contradiction, a site which was
constantly being dismantled by the insistent presence and actions of Aboriginal ...
'Beyond the limits' murders simultaneously confirmed and unhinged settlement
as they occurred in different places. Hence, perhaps, the waves of violence as
various stereotypical understandings of Aboriginal people and of 'pioneers'
The invasion/settlement of Australia, the coming of whites', was not represented
as one colour meeting another, which would inevitably lead to some mingling of
the colours (which of course did happen), but rather as the coming of a ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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