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 is the story that gets set down as truth because it is repeated the most and is
formally passed on to strangers and tourists. The leaflet is more like a 'fact sheet'.
Two sentences: 'The truth of that day remains clouded by many conflicting ...
15 'Family', unlike the 'truth' of massacre, is a traceable certainty. Birth and death
certificates — the state's and then the individual's means of tracing and retracing
legitimacy — carry enough of the idea of scientific 'fact' for this to be understood ...
The relationship between the actions and the tellings are still actively meaningful
— they create meanings here and now that locals respond to and tourist
authorities react to,- they may not be true representations, but they are effective
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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