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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The focus was restricted entirely to the small domain of sheep. The sheep had
invented the shepherd's function, the sheep contained their gaze. As with the
panopticon (a building in which all interior parts can be seen from one hidden
The wool has become softer and more elastic and while having diminished in
density it has increased in length so that the weight of the fleece has only slightly
altered.34 Here the sheep is granted a naturalised place in the colonial system.
He has been advised that a commitment to sheep means that you should stay in
the colony for life and he worries about the stopping of transportation. 'Blacks'
and catarrh (in sheep) are the two greatest fears and greatest impediments to ...
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