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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What was preferred were a few boards of hard wood and legs of saplings which
created a known space on a previously unknown but now colonially shaped
surface. So these boxes become also a collection of stories about the surfaces of
In some large open space or inside one of the small huts in some communal act
of preparation? ... ticket-of-leave men's hands, it is likely that this was one
moment when the careful spaces between people of differing status were
A report to the Governor's representative fills the space of mourning and
interment. Their burial happens via a primitive bureaucracy. Killing Aboriginal
people suggests that many cultural frameworks are at play, some of which may
have been ...
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