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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In the afternoon I talk to one of the Aboriginal tour leaders , who says he doesn ' t
care about the terrible things that happened to his people in the past , he just
wants to get on with the future . Points out that he ' s never been in gaol , never ...
It is such a little thing, such an obvious thing, and yet the whole meaning of these
acts is lost without it. Squatters ... Heffernan is not approving, but these things
went on: 'this incident was hushed up and kept as quiet as possible'. Poisoning ...
When you go back to your childhood for work, some strange things happen. In
the first place, it wasn't quite home. The towns of Glen Innes and Tenterfield are
sixty kilometres apart. So I could visit Tenterfield, particularly under Susans ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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