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 more substantial roofed nightwatch box had a peephole at the end which
allowed the shepherd to check on any danger. Given the size of the peephole,
about 10 centimetres in diameter, and the rectangular shape of the box itself, the
Shepherds, like Keating's shepherd, were reported as being killed by Aboriginal
people. There were many reasons for this. The most usual appears to have been
as a countering act to the persistent staying on of shepherds in land that was not
But white nomadism, particularly evident in the 'work' of the shepherds and the
infinite possibilities of the 'natural' ... the shepherd and sheep, mapping out the
new meanings of the land as suitable or unsuitable to grazing, that invented the ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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