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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Punitive expedition ' can belong to the matter of law — orderly punishment — or it
can be translated via Keating ' s account into the mayhem of chasing and
throwing and shooting . Keating ' s letter transposes ' punishment ' into the key of
It wasn't called shooting, although that was what it was. I knew it was shooting
because, dressed in my Annie Oakley fantasy, I knew a thing or two about guns. I
wanted to go too. My brother had already taught me to shoot a .22 when held in a
He is a trained soldier responding to 'fighting men' and an upper-class
Englishman becoming settler in part by shooting trapped men, women and
children — '[giving] it to them pretty severely'. Murder may be the most powerful
expression of ...
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