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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Or does this silence simply produce the viewer as one more voyeur, one more
person who is excused from attempting to engage with the ways in which such a
violent history came to be? By becoming attached to a pre-existing series of
To ask for a moment's stillness on a highway is to ask a moment's silence — a
stop. It makes sense to suggest that something that stopped the highway tourists,
that made the read the history, could be made — a billboard? a large cross ...
Can silence be pedagogical? The version of the ... It insists on Aboriginal agency,
the culpability of white men (which becomes a shame 'we' all share) and the
powerful effects of silence, which prevents 'us' telling friends. The poet himself is
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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