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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SUSAN' S ACCOUNT Yesterday we went to Bluff Rock, up an unmarked road
and up and down an unmarked track. The rock towers menacingly and the stories
we have heard about the massacre hang heavily like the mist and the threatening
Friday August 23rd, 1 844 [The party detailed above sets off] Windeyer's black-
boy saw a track there but it was too dark to run it. Saturday August 24th, 1 844 ...
The blackboy got on their tracks, but he hadn't gone many yards when we saw ...
There is also the slightly different tradition of the farm diary, where the central
effort goes to the tracking of stock and ... In discussing Irby's letter to his father, I
try to track the range of ways in which Irby positioned himself and the Aboriginal
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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