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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This mass suicide was a very public event, and the poem suggests it should have
warned all the men present that their greed for land and destructive raids were
driving Aboriginal people to absolute desperation. As a poem perhaps should, ...
Newsome is interesting here, suggesting that the signposts point 'proudly'. ...
Pride, etymologically linked to the valiant and gallant, suggests a judgement that
can't be sustained when connected to something more than a mere sight, ...
'Windeyer's Blacks' suggests that some rapport has been established. Irby is still
carefully tracking 'Blacks', but these presumably are not 'Windeyer's'. The fact that
Irby can still suspect 'Windeyer's Blacks' of spearing his bullocks suggests a ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
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